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Tophus \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.


Etymology 1 n. (alternative form of tophus English) Etymology 2

n. (plural of tofu English)