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Meaning of TOPHUS

Pronunciation:  'towfus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums
  2. [n]  a deposit of urates around a joint or in the external ear; diagnostic of advanced or chronic gout

TOPHUS is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: calculus, chalkstone, tartar
 See Also: crust, encrustation, incrustation, urate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\To"phus\, n.; pl. {Tophi}. [NL.: cf. F. tophus a mineral
concretion in the joint. See {Toph}.] [Written also {tofus}.]
1. (Med.) One of the mineral concretions about the joints,
   and in other situations, occurring chiefly in gouty
   persons. They consist usually of urate of sodium; when
   occurring in the internal organs they are also composed of
   phosphate of calcium.

2. (Min.) Calcareous tufa.