One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun A disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet, deposition of chalk-stones, and episodes of acute pain.
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- ‘Their common affliction was gout, an arthritic condition that causes spells of intense pain, most often in the big toe.’
- ‘The juice of the nettle is good, she says, for a variety of ailments - arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, allergic rashes and prickly heat.’
- ‘The goal is to prevent recurrent attack of acute gout.’
- ‘Doctors have found that excessive weight also increases the risks for diabetes, gout, coronary heart disease, asthma, gallbladder disease, infertility and some types of cancers.’
- ‘He has a history of arthritis, gout, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.’
- ‘It may clog the kidney and prevent the excretion of waste such as uric acid, causing gout.’
- ‘An acute attack of gout may take up to seven days to settle.’
- ‘There are health benefits to sour cherries, which include relieving many types of pain such as arthritis, gout, and even headaches.’
- ‘Metabolic disorders such as gout increase the level of waste products in the urine and have a similar affect in causing bladder stones to grow.’
- ‘In rare cases, higher dosages may cause hepatitis, gout, or hyperglycemia.’
- ‘Several recent studies have suggested that dairy consumption may help control weight and blood pressure and reduce the risks of health problems such as coronary artery disease and gout.’
- ‘Many readers have reported that sour cherries can ease the pain associated with gout and even arthritis.’
- ‘The physician also should ask if the patient has a history of gout, pseudogout, rheumatoid arthritis, or other degenerative joint disease.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Patients with acute coronary syndromes or undergoing coronary stenting often have multiple risk factors for acute gout or pseuodogout.’
- ‘He is said to have extracted medicine from plants and treated diseases such as appendicitis, gout and arthritis.’
2literary A drop or spot of something.‘gouts of blood erupted from the wound’
- ‘These additional branches then give off really satisfying gouts of white smoke as the greenery boils and burns.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The creature roared in agony, thrashing about and spewing gouts of blood, until it lay quivering in a pool of its own gore.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Dark blood bubbled up from the wound in thick gouts and he quickly fumbled an adhesive pad out of a leg pocket and clamped it over the wound.’
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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