Definition of gout in English:

gout

Syllabification: gout
Pronunciation: /gout
 
/

noun

  • 1A disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet, deposition of chalkstones, and episodes of acute pain.
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    • The juice of the nettle is good, she says, for a variety of ailments - arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, allergic rashes and prickly heat.
    • Recent studies have revealed that cherries offer an assortment of health benefits including the ability to offer natural relief from joint pain caused from gout, arthritis and joint inflammation.
    • He has a history of arthritis, gout, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • 2 literary A drop or spot, especially of blood, smoke, or flame: gouts of flame and phlegm
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    • Initially mistaken for dry ice by revellers, the gouts of smoke were ignored until the roaring fireball was actually consuming the building, liquefying its flammable décor into a rainstorm of molten lava.
    • All were watching, with eager anticipation, the replica of George Stephenson's Rocket, which crouched on the rails behind the museum emitting gouts of steam.
    • These additional branches then give off really satisfying gouts of white smoke as the greenery boils and burns.

Derivatives

goutiness

noun

gouty

adjective
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  • Terry's gouty ankle had grown to the size of a small planet, and he slept out in the open air at the back of the truck, stretched out on a long toolbox, his leg hoisted higher than the rest of him and pointing at the stars.
  • If so, you might be experiencing an acute attack of gout - or gouty arthritis - a form of arthritis that's characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints.
  • Supplement your diet with 2 g of fish oil capsules twice a day to reduce the chances of gouty inflammation.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French goute, from medieval Latin gutta, literally 'drop' (because gout was believed to be caused by the dropping of diseased matter from the blood into the joints).

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