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n. - An incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums; A deposit of urates around a joint or in the external ear.

Usage examples (6)
  • 2 Skinner, The origin of medical terms (1961), 2nd edition, p.406 (see link): "Latin - tophus or tofus, from the Greek τόφος, a loose, porous, kind of stone (Hebrew, toph)."
  • 4 Diab, Lexicon of orthopaedic etymology (1999), p.353 (see link): "NB: the spelling tophus perhaps was introduced into Latin as the more learned form, as though it were...
  • With rugged tophus, form'd it; tender moss
  • Of pumice light, and tophus dry, was form'd; for more
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