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
chlamydialplay \-dē-əl\ adjective
Recent Examples of chlamydia from the Web
Antibiotics are effective only in the much smaller number of cases that involve the bacteria that cause gonorrhea or chlamydia.
Now, the male crop-top aficionado has been attacked by something far more unexpected: the formerly long-haired brother band Hanson, who recently likened his music to chlamydia of the ear.
The program educates teens about STIs and offers students at select schools the option to leave urine samples to be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea, the two most common bacterial sexually transmitted diseases.
The specialty clinic diagnoses and treats sexually transmitted diseases including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, yeast and herpes.
The Charlotte metro area has rates of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia among the highest in the nation.
Cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia are on the rise, and syphilis has come back from the brink of extinction.
STIs are running rampant, especially among 15- to 24-year-olds (who account for two-thirds of U.S. chlamydia cases and half of gonorrhea diagnoses).
And yes! The list of diseases transmitted through oral sex includes chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes simplex virus and HPV.
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Origin and Etymology of chlamydia
New Latin, from Greek chlamyd-, chlamys
First Known Use: 1966See Words from the same year
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
2plural chlamydiae \-ē-ˌē, -ˌī\play also chlamydias a: a bacterium of the genus Chlamydiab: an infection or disease caused by a bacterium of the genus Chlamydia
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