The adjective rheumatic describes anything having to do with rheumatism, a painful disease of the joints. If your grandfather moves slowly, you could describe him as rheumatic.

You could describe a doctor as "a rheumatic expert," or a patient as moving in a rheumatic way, slow and arthritic. The Latin root word is rheumaticus, "troubled with rheum," and rheum itself is a Greek word that means "flow." The word was first ascribed to the disease of rheumatism because of the way it seemed to spread — or flow — within a patient's body.

Definitions of rheumatic
  1. adjective
    of or pertaining to arthritis
    synonyms: arthritic, creaky, rheumatoid, rheumy
    not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
  2. noun
    a person suffering with rheumatism
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    type of:
    diseased person, sick person, sufferer
    a person suffering from an illness
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