gon·​or·​rhea | \ ˌgä-nə-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce gonorrhea (audio) \

Definition of gonorrhea

: a contagious inflammation of the genital mucous membrane caused by the gonococcus

called also clap

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Other Words from gonorrhea

gonorrheal \ ˌgä-​nə-​ˈrē-​əl How to pronounce gonorrhea (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gonorrhea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conversely, positive gonorrhea tests for girls 12 to 17 declined 14%, according to findings for the study. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Chlamydia and gonorrhea infections have significantly increased among women ages 18 to 30," 22 Sep. 2020 Eye prophylaxis, when eye drops or ointment containing antibiotics are placed in a newborn's eyes after birth, should be administered to protect the baby from a possible gonorrhea infection in the mother's body. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "What you need to have a safe home birth," 20 Apr. 2020 The same collection kit is used for the scores of pathogens — influenza, gonorrhea, whooping cough — that need identification for treatment. Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what coronavirus testing for a very sick patient looks like, from swab to result," 1 Apr. 2020 One of her favorite recent illustrations, of a cluster of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that cause gonorrhea, was used in a 2019 report on antibiotic resistance. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "The Spiky Blob Seen Around the World," 1 Apr. 2020 Women with pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of the reproductive organs that’s often caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea, are more likely to have damaged tubes than women who don’t have the condition. Melinda Wenner Moyer, New York Times, "Female Infertility: What to Do and How to Cope," 18 Apr. 2020 Genital herpes surges all over the country in the spring and summer, whereas tetanus favors midsummer; gonorrhea takes off in the summer and fall, and pertussis has a higher incidence from June through October. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Why do dozens of diseases wax and wane with the seasons—and will COVID-19?," 13 Mar. 2020 About 580,000 cases of gonorrhea and 35,000 cases of syphilis were reported. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Why SNL's Pete Davidson is wrong about STDs," 14 Oct. 2019 STIs like herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and mycoplasma can also infect and irritate the urethra, the Mayo Clinic explains (so treating the STI could potentially address your UTI as well). Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Is It a UTI or Yeast Infection? Here's How to Tell the Difference," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of gonorrhea

circa 1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gonorrhea

New Latin, from Late Latin, morbid loss of semen, from Greek gonorrhoia, from gon- + -rrhoia -rrhea

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The first known use of gonorrhea was circa 1526

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“Gonorrhea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gonorrhea. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gonorrhea

medical : a disease of the sex organs that is spread by sexual contact


variants: or chiefly British gonorrhoea \ ˌgän-​ə-​ˈrē-​ə How to pronounce gonorrhea (audio) \

Medical Definition of gonorrhea

: a contagious inflammation of the genital mucous membrane caused by the gonococcus

called also clap

Other Words from gonorrhea

gonorrheal or chiefly British gonorrhoeal \ -​ˈrē-​əl How to pronounce gonorrhea (audio) \ adjective

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