gout

\ \ [13] Latin gutta meant literally ‘drop’ (the spelling of gutta in English gutta percha [19] shows its influence, although in fact the term originated in Malay getah perchagum tree’). It was applied metaphorically to various diseases ascribed to the precipitation of fluids from one part of the body to another, among them pain in the joints which was supposed to be caused by poisonous material deposited from the blood (not far wide of the mark, for the condition now known as gout is due to the accumulation of uricacid products in the joints). English acquired the word via Old French goute.
\ \ Cf.GUTTER

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  • goût — goût …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • goût — [ gu ] n. m. • goust XIIIe; lat. gustus I ♦ 1 ♦ Sens grâce auquel l homme et les animaux perçoivent les saveurs propres aux aliments. ⇒ 1. goûter; déguster, gustatif. La langue et le palais, organes du goût chez l homme. Aliment agréable au goût …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • gout´i|ly — gout|y1 «GOW tee», adjective, gout|i|er, gout|i|est. 1. diseased or swollen with gout. 2. of gout; caused by gout: »gouty arthritis …   Useful english dictionary

  • gout|y — gout|y1 «GOW tee», adjective, gout|i|er, gout|i|est. 1. diseased or swollen with gout. 2. of gout; caused by gout: »gouty arthritis …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gout — (gout), n. [F. goutte a drop, the gout, the disease being considered as a defluxion, fr. L. gutta drop.] [1913 Webster] 1. A drop; a clot or coagulation. [1913 Webster] On thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gout — gout; gout·i·ly; gout·i·ness; gout·ish; ra·gout; …   English syllables

  • Gout — 〈 [gu:] m.; Gen.: s; Pl.: unz.; geh.〉 Geschmack, Neigung, Wohlgefallen; »bon Gout« haben, verraten guten Geschmack; diese Arbeit ist überhaupt nicht nach seinem Gout [Etym.: <frz. goût »Geschmack«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • gout — c.1200, from O.Fr. gote (10c., Mod.Fr. goutte) gout; drop, from L. gutta a drop, in M.L. gout, of unknown origin. The disease was thought to be caused by drops of viscous humors seeping from the blood into the joints, which turned out to be close …   Etymology dictionary

  • gout — [gout] n. [ME goute < OFr, gout, lit., a drop < L gutta, a drop: orig. attributed to a discharge of drops of humors] 1. a hereditary form of recurrent, acute arthritis with swelling and severe pain, resulting from a disturbance of uric acid …   English World dictionary

  • goût — GOÛT: Ce qui est simple est toujours de bon goût. Doit toujours se dire à une femme qui s excuse de la modestie de sa toilette …   Dictionnaire des idées reçues

  • Gout — [gu:] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. fr. goût, dies aus lat. gustus »das Kosten«> Geschmack, Wohlgefallen; vgl. ↑Hautgout …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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