gon·​or·​rhea | \ˌgä-nə-ˈrē-ə \

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 \ adjective

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Furthermore, women are less likely than men to show symptoms with common STIs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, and thus, may not seek out the necessary care and treatment. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "STD Rates Have Hit an All-Time High in the U.S.—And Here’s Why," 29 Aug. 2018 She was arrested, forcibly examined by a local health officer named Dr. Carney, deemed infected with gonorrhea and then syphilis, pumped full of arsenic, and imprisoned at the dilapidated Bay City Detention Hospital for three months. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "A Forgotten War on Women," 22 May 2018 The rate of gonorrhea infection, which is highest among people under age 30, increased 16 percent over 2016. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sexually transmitted diseases dramatically increase in California," 14 May 2018 In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 820,000 new gonorrhea infections each year. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, "First case of super-resistant gonorrhea reported," 28 Mar. 2018 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 Those who were imprisoned in detention hospitals were subjected to involuntary medical examinations, inhumane living conditions, and treatments for gonorrhea and syphilis. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "A Forgotten War on Women," 22 May 2018 More people were diagnosed with syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea in 2016 than ever before. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "STDs in L.A. County are skyrocketing. Officials think racism and stigma may be to blame," 7 May 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

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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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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 \

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 \ adjective

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