rhythmatic vs. rhythmic

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  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    The OED has entries for rhythmal, rhythmical, rhythmed, rhythmic, rhythmetic, and rhythmetical, but not rhythmatic.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hello ladybug

    I would say it's probably a mistake, and the speaker meant "rhythmic movements".

    (I've never come across the word "rhythmatic" myself, though I see london calling has:).)

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    PS. What does 'DO' mean?
     

    Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I would call these rhythmic movements. Sometimes English speakers assume that a construction they have heard with one root word is universal, and they apply it to another root word where it should not be used. If rhythmatic is a word at all, it's rare, and is not used in a medical context.
     
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