noun Etymology: Latin rheumatismus flux, rheum, from Greek rheumatismos, from rheumatizesthai to suffer from a flux, from rheumat-, rheuma flux Date: 1677 1. any of various conditions characterized by inflammation or pain in muscles, joints, or fibrous tissue <
muscular rheumatism
2. rheumatoid arthritis

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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