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
1250–1300; Middle English goute < Old French < Latin gutta a drop (of fluid); gout in the feet formerly was attributed to drops of a corrupted humor
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His usual panacea of the gout did not come as expected, to set him up again.
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.
My father's got a slight touch of the gout, and is kept at home by it.'
British Dictionary definitions for gout
Derived Formsgouty, adjectivegoutily, adverbgoutiness, noun
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
Word Origin for gout
C13: from Old French goute gout (thought to result from drops of humours), from Latin gutta a drop
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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.
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Medicine definitions for gout
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.
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Science definitions for gout
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.
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Culture definitions for gout
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.
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