- an acute, recurrent disease characterized by painful inflammation of the joints, chiefly those in the feet and hands, and especially in the great toe, and by an excess of uric acid in the blood.
- a mass or splash, as of blood; spurt.
Origin of gout
Examples from the Web for gout
According to Robertson—not a registered dietician—low carb diets “build up clinkers” and “you get swollen joints, you get gout.”Diet Like Jesus: What the Bible Says About How to Eat
October 15, 2013
The diet, in fact, is so rich and plentiful, that gout is a common condition.American Dreams, 1923: Black Oxen by Gertrude Atherton
March 28, 2013
His usual panacea of the gout did not come as expected, to set him up again.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
I have had symptoms of a fit of the gout, and been trying to keep it off by exercise.
I am very sorry to hear of your gout, except that it carries off all other complaints.
The knight grimaced ruefully, and begged Robin to think of his gout.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
My father's got a slight touch of the gout, and is kept at home by it.'Little Dorrit
- a metabolic disease characterized by painful inflammation of certain joints, esp of the big toe and foot, caused by deposits of sodium urate in them
- archaic a drop or splash, esp of blood
- taste or good taste
Word Origin and History for gout
c.1200, from Old French gote (10c., Modern French goutte) "gout; drop," from Latin gutta "a drop," in Medieval Latin "gout," of unknown origin. The disease was thought to be caused by drops of viscous humors seeping from the blood into the joints, which turned out to be close to the modern scientific view.
- An inherited disorder of uric-acid metabolism occurring predominantly in men, characterized by painful inflammation of the joints, especially of the feet and hands, and arthritic attacks resulting from elevated levels of uric acid in the blood and the deposition of urate crystals around the joints. The condition can become chronic and result in deformity.
- An inherited disorder of uric acid metabolism occurring predominantly in men, characterized by painful inflammation of the joints. Elevated levels of uric acid in the blood result in deposition of crystals of uric acid salts (known as urates) around the joints, causing arthritis. The condition can become chronic and result in deformity.
A disorder of metabolism characterized by attacks of painful inflammation in the joints, particularly those of the feet and hands. The inflammation is caused by the deposition of crystals of uric acid in the joints. Gout occurs most often in middle-aged men. The tendency toward developing gout is inherited. Stress, fatigue, or excessive exercise are among the factors that can bring on an attack.