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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In the battle against gonorrhea, antibiotics have been forced into a rapid and devastating retreat. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "New anti-gonorrhea drug called “metal as f–k”," 15 Nov. 2018 As the above video shows, that required unusual tactics and unorthodox strategies to beat syphilis and gonorrhea during the war. Phil Edwards, Vox, "The World War II battle against STDs," 21 Dec. 2018 That most often means trichomoniasis or gonorrhea, both of which are STDs that require medical treatment. Elizabeth Durand Streisand, Good Housekeeping, "What the Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Means, According to Gynos," 27 Nov. 2018 There are a bunch of STIs condoms can help protect you against, including HIV, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and chlamydia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Korin Miller, SELF, "These Are the Only Kinds of Birth Control That Also Protect Against STIs," 27 July 2018 The rise in syphilis and gonorrhea cases in England was balanced out by a decrease in some other infections, including cases of genital warts, which declined 90% since 2009 among 15 to 17 year-olds -- thanks to a national immunization program. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Syphilis cases hit highest level in almost 70 years in England," 6 June 2018 Rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have been rising nationally for several years. Christopher Weber, USA TODAY, "STDs reach all-time high in California, leading to spike in stillbirths due to syphilis, state health authorities say," 15 May 2018 For example, Karl Marx was German, not Russian; Paul Ehrlich used Salvarsan for syphilis, not gonorrhea. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Between Hope and Fear’ Review: Anxieties Immune to Reason," 16 Aug. 2018 Young adults also made up a large portion — one-third — of those infected with gonorrhea in California last year. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "California Reports Significant Increase in STD Cases," 16 May 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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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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