chlamydia

noun
chla·myd·ia | \ klə-ˈmi-dē-ə \
plural chlamydiae\-dē-ˌē \

Definition of chlamydia 

1 : any of a genus (Chlamydia, family Chlamydiaceae) of spherical gram-negative intracellular bacteria especially : one (C. trachomatis) that causes or is associated with various diseases of the eye and urogenital tract including trachoma, lymphogranuloma venereum, cervicitis, and some forms of urethritis

2 : a disease or infection caused by chlamydiae

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Other words from chlamydia

chlamydial \-dē-əl \ adjective

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Milwaukee leads the nation in gonorrhea rates, ranks fourth in chlamydia and is ranked as one of the worst places for HIV for men of color under the age of 25. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 The infection can be mistaken for chlamydia, but it's become resistant to traditional antibiotic treatments. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is Mycoplasma Genitalium? British Doctors Are Warning That This Sexually Transmitted Infection Could Be the Next Big Superbug," 11 July 2018 Then there’s the chlamydia, which blinds and sterilizes koalas and leads to severe urinary tract infections. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Two of the major issues precipitating this decline are habitat destruction and an ongoing chlamydia epidemic. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Newly Mapped Koala Genome Unlocks Secrets of Marsupial’s Diet, Susceptibility to Chlamydia," 3 July 2018 And as if that weren’t enough, koalas are suffering a chlamydia epidemic. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Oregon public health statistics show the rate of contracting chlamydia or gonorrhea can also be much higher. Molly Harbarger, OregonLive.com, "Multnomah County sues Trump administration over change to abstinence-only sex ed funding," 8 June 2018 Out of all 58 California counties, Sacramento County had the sixth-highest rate of chlamydia, the eighth-highest rate of gonorrhea and the 10th-highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "STD rates rise in Sacramento County, following statewide, nationwide trends," 2 July 2018 In 2012, the rate of chlamydia per 100,000 teens was 666; by 2016 the figure had nearly doubled, to 1,259. Janene Holzberg, Howard County Times, "New podcast amplifies Howard County health officer's voice on issues," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of chlamydia

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chlamydia

New Latin, from Greek chlamyd-, chlamys

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chlamydia

noun
chla·myd·ia | \ klə-ˈmid-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of chlamydia 

1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Chlamydiaceae comprising coccoid to spherical gram-negative intracellular parasitic bacteria and including one (C. trachomatis) that causes or is associated with various diseases of the eye and genitourinary tract including trachoma, lymphogranuloma venereum, cervicitis, and some forms of nongonococcal urethritis

2 plural chlamydiae\-ē-ˌē, -ˌī \ also chlamydias

a : a bacterium of the genus Chlamydia

b : an infection or disease caused by a bacterium of the genus Chlamydia

Other words from chlamydia

chlamydial \-ē-əl \ adjective

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