any disorder of the extremities or back, characterized by pain and stiffness.
any painful disorder of joints, muscles, or connective tissue Compare arthritis, fibrositis
rheumatism rheu·ma·tism (rōō’mə-tĭz’əm)
Any of several pathological conditions of the muscles, tendons, joints, bones, or nerves, characterized by discomfort and disability.
[roo-muh-tiz-uh m-root, -roo t] /ˈru məˌtɪz əmˌrut, -ˌrʊt/ noun 1. spotted wintergreen.
adjective 1. resembling rheumatism. 2. rheumatic. adjective 1. (of the symptoms of a disease) resembling rheumatism rheumatoid rheu·ma·toid (rōō’mə-toid’) adj. Of or resembling rheumatism. Suffering from rheumatism.
noun, Pathology. 1. a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of the joints, frequently accompanied by marked deformities, and ordinarily associated with manifestations of a general, or systemic, affliction. rheumatoid arthritis noun 1. a chronic disease of the musculoskeletal system, characterized by inflammation and swelling of joints (esp joints in the hands, wrists, knees, and […]
noun, Biochemistry. 1. an antibody that is found in the blood of many persons afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis and that reacts against globulins in the blood. rheumatoid factor n. Abbr. RF Any of the immunoglobulins found in the serum of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis that enhance the agglutination of suspended particles that are coated with […]