rheumatic (adj.)

late 14c., reumatik, "of the nature of, consisting of, or pertaining to rheum," from Old French reumatique (Modern French rhumatique), from Latin rheumaticus (Medieval Latin reumaticus) "troubled with rheum," from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma "discharge from the body" (see rheum).

By 1738 with the meaning "suffering from rheumatism;" the sense of "pertaining to or caused by rheumatism" is by 1886.

updated on August 10, 2021