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.
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How to use gout in a sentence
Great gouts of flame shot upward, and smoke, and flying earth and debris.Flight From Tomorrow | Henry Beam Piper
But what is this stream of bad language from the Exhaust Pipe, accompanied by gouts of smoke and vapour?The Aeroplane Speaks | H. Barber
The blood bubbled in hot gouts from his wound, but the tears came faster from his eyes.Mated from the Morgue | John Augustus O'Shea
Great gouts of clotted foam flew over his head in clouds, and plastered his rock with shivering sponges.A Maid of the Silver Sea | John Oxenham
To their mass of black it gave blots and gouts of purple and blue and scarlet, coming through the dight panes.The Fifth Queen Crowned | Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for gout (1 of 2)
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
- gouty, adjective
- goutily, adverb
- goutiness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for goût (2 of 2)
taste or good taste
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Scientific 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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Cultural 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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