- The definition of gout is a form of arthritis characterized by swelling and pain that generally occurs in the hands and feet from an excess of uric acid.
An example of gout is a painful, swollen big toe.
- a hereditary form of recurrent, acute arthritis with swelling and severe pain, resulting from a disturbance of uric acid metabolism and characterized by an excess of uric acid in the blood and deposits of uric acid salts, usually in the joints of the feet and hands, esp. in the big toe
- a large splash, clot, glob, etc.
Origin: Middle English goute from OFr, gout, literally , a drop from Classical Latin gutta, a drop: origin, originally attributed to a discharge of drops of humors
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- A disturbance of uric-acid metabolism occurring chiefly in males, 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.
- A large blob or clot: “and makes it bleed great gouts of blood” (Oscar Wilde).
Origin: Middle English goute, from Old French, drop, gout, from Medieval Latin gutta, from Latin, drop (from the belief that gout was caused by drops of morbid humors).
- goutˈi·ness noun
- goutˈy adjective
gout - Cultural Definition
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.
gout - Medical Definition
- gouty adjective
gout - Science Definition
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