Of or pertaining to rheumatism; as, rheumatic pains or affections; affected with rheumatism; as, a rheumatic old man; causing rheumatism; as, a rheumatic day.
of or pertaining to arthritis; "my creaky old joints"; "rheumy with age and grief"
A term used to classify heart problems that are specifically caused by the sequelae of acute rheumatic fever. This childhood illness is caused by the bodies immune response to the Streptococcus organism, a common pathogen in sore throats. Rheumatic involvement of the heart valves causes fibrosis, scarring, and calcification of the valve tissues later in life.
An adjective used to describe a group of conditions characterized by inflammation or pain in the muscles, joints, and fibrous tissue. Rheumatic diseases or disorders can be related to autoimmunity or other causes.