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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Rheum


RHEUM, noun [Gr. from to flow.]

1. An increased and often inflammatory action of the vessels of an organ; but generally applied to the inflammatory action of the mucous glands, attended with increased discharge and an altered state of their excreted fluids.

2. A thin serous fluid, secreted by the mucous glands, etc.; as in catarrh.