\ˈgau̇t \

Definition of gout 

1 : a metabolic disease marked by a painful inflammation of the joints, deposits of urates in and around the joints, and usually an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood

2 : a mass or aggregate especially of something fluid often gushing or bursting forth

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gouty \ˈgau̇-​tē \ adjective

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The queen, who suffered from debilitating gout and severe depression, spends most of her time in a simple nightgown. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Though They Look Regal, Sandy Powell’s Costumes for The Favourite Are Grounded in Reality," 20 Nov. 2018 Leto reportedly gained 60 pounds for the role, which caused him gout-like foot pain and left him feeling poorly for a year after playing the character. Fox News, "10 celebs who went on extreme diets for movie roles," 6 Aug. 2015 Uloric’s manufacturer reported last November that patients on the drug were 34 percent more likely to die from heart disease than people taking an alternative gout medication. Caroline Chen, Fox News, "FDA repays drug industry by rushing risky meds to market," 1 July 2018 By then, diabetes, gout and other illnesses had forced Brice to start using a wheelchair and stop working. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "CRT Volunteer George Brice Helps The Hungry, 'Rain Or Shine'," 12 July 2018 Marie Antoinette, at first bewildered by the rules and conventions of the French court, soon becomes its master, leading fashion, gossip and bon gout — while still claiming to care about none of it. refinery29.com, "Why Marie Antoinette Is Really Mean Girls, Versailles Edition," 10 July 2018 Given Ironwood’s plans to split into two companies, analysts said, a possible outcome could be the sale of the part that makes Linzess and Duzallo, a medicine for gout, to a pharmaceutical giant. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "With activist investor’s blessing, Ironwood moves forward," 31 May 2018 One will focus on treatments for gastrointestinal diseases and gout, which have been the mainstay of the 20-year-old Ironwood. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 2 June 2018 But gout, the English disease, is nothing to joke about. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "My wife loves the royal wedding, and there’s nothing I can do," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of gout

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gout

Middle English goute, from Anglo-French gute drop, gout, from Latin gutta drop

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English Language Learners Definition of gout

: a disease that causes painful swelling of the joints especially in the toes


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Medical Definition of gout 

: a metabolic disease marked by a painful inflammation of the joints, deposits of urates in and around the joints, and usually an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood

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