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rheum (see also SALT RHEUM)
1. watery matter secreted by glands, &c. (i) saliva Mer.V. I. iii. 118, H5 III. v. 52 “spit and void his upon” ; (ii) mucus from the nose Err. III. ii. 132; (iii) tears Ado V. ii. 88, John III. i. 22 “that lamentable ,” IV. i. 33, iii. 108, Cor. V. v. [vi.] 46 “women's rheum,” Ham. II. ii. 537 [529] “bisson rheum.”
2. morbid defluxion of humours (such as was supposed to cause rheumatism), also, catarrh Meas. III. i. 31 “the gout, serpigo, and the ,” Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 412, Troil. V. iii. 105 “a in mine eyes,” Ant. III. ii. 57.
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