rheumatism

rheumatism
/rooh"meuh tiz'euhm/, n. Pathol.
1. any disorder of the extremities or back, characterized by pain and stiffness.
[1595-1605; < L rheumatismus catarrh, rheum < Gk rheumatismós, equiv. to rheumat- (s. of rheûma; see RHEUM) + -ismos -ISM]

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      any of several disorders that have in common inflammation of the connective tissues, especially the muscles, joints, and associated structures. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness. Specific diseases that are alternatively called rheumatism include rheumatoid arthritis (q.v.); rheumatic fever (q.v.); septic arthritis (q.v.) that accompanies such diseases as gonorrhea, tuberculosis, or mycotic diseases (caused by fungus); and osteoarthritis (q.v.).

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