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Definition of Gout

  GOUT   noun
A physician's name for the rheumatism of a rich patient.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?aut n. 1 a disease with inflammation of the smaller joints, esp. the toe, as a result of excess uric acid salts in the blood. 2 archaic a a drop, esp. of blood. b a splash or spot. °°gouty adj. goutily adv. goutiness n. [ME f. OF goute f. L gutta drop, with ref. to the medieval theory of the flowing down of humours]

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