C14: ultimately from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma a flow; see rheum
rheumatic for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ruːmætɪk)
1. adjective [ADJ n]
Rheumatic is used to describe conditions and pains that are related to rheumatism. Rheumaticjoints are swollen and painful because they are affected by rheumatism. ⇒ ...new treatments for a range of rheumatic diseases. ⇒ It gives rapid relief from rheumatic aches and pains.