Tophus definition

tōfəs
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A deposit of urates in the skin and tissue around a joint or in the external ear, occurring in gout.
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A concretion of mineral salts and organic matter deposited on the surface of the teeth.
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(med.) An abnormal mineral deposit, as of calcium carbonate, about the joints, on the roots of the teeth, etc., in a person who has the gout; chalkstone.
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A deposit of urates in the skin and tissue around a joint or in the external ear, occurring in gout.
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A concretion of mineral salts and organic matter deposited on the surface of the teeth.
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(medicine) A deposit of monosodium urate crystals in the body, caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tophus
Plural:
tophi

Origin of tophus

  • Latin tōphus tufa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin, meaning "stone".

    From Wiktionary