syphilis

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Syphilis \Syph"i*lis\, noun [NL., fr. Syphilus, the name of a shepherd in the Latin poem of Fracastoro, "Syphilus, sive Morbus Gallicus," which was published in 1530; Gr. ? hog, swine + ? dear, loving. The term was introduced into nosology by Sauvages.] (Med.) The pox, or venereal disease; a chronic, specific, infectious disease, usually communicated by sexual intercourse or by hereditary transmission, and occurring in three stages known as primary, secondary, and tertiary syphilis. See under {Primary}, {Secondary}, and {Tertiary}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

syphilis

noun

1: a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta) [syn: {syphilis}, {syph}, {pox}, {lues venerea}, {lues}]


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