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- 1. rheumatism, disease
- usage: any painful disorder of the joints or muscles or connective tissues
- 2. rheumatoid arthritis, atrophic arthritis, rheumatism, arthritis, autoimmune disease, autoimmune disorder
- usage: a chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint
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See also: rheumatism (Dictionary)