One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chalky deposit of sodium urate formed in the hands and feet of sufferers from severe gout.
- ‘When one is five-and-twenty, one has not chalk-stones at one's finger-ends that the touch of a handsome girl should be entirely indifferent.’
- ‘A specific constitutional disease occurring in paroxysms, usually hereditary and in male subjects; characterized by painful inflammation of the smaller joints, esp. that of the great toe, and the deposition of sodium urate in the form of chalk-stones; it often spreads to the larger joints and the internal organs.’
- ‘He had chalk-stones in his fingers; and these, in good time, I may possibly inherit, but I would much rather have inherited his noble presence.’
- ‘He has the chalk-stones in his understanding, and from being used to long confinement, cannot bear the slightest jostling or irregularity of motion.’
- ‘In old cases, the marked deformity and chalk-stones render the disease unmistakable.’
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