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Definition of "gout" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • A large blob or clot: "and makes it bleed great gouts of blood” ( Oscar Wilde). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gout" in a sentence
  • "French for 'soil' or 'earth', used in a very special sense in the phrase gout de terroir, or, taste of the soil..."
  • "• Uric Acid: This acid is elevated in gout and has been associated with Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease."
  • "Morality was touched upon: gout is less frequently encountered in countries where people are less frequently guilty of ‘errors in living.’"