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 gonorrheal (audio) \ adjective

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For instance, 20 percent of men who get rectal gonorrhea will contract HIV within five years, according to Oregon Health Authority data. oregonlive.com, "Spike in Multnomah County HIV cases tied to drug use," 20 June 2019 Nationwide, chlamydia increased 22 percent and gonorrhea increased 67 percent from 2013 to 2017, according to the CDC website. Tess Vrbin, courant.com, "No awkward conversations: Department of Public Health promotes confidential notification service, aiming to reduce spread of STDs," 19 June 2019 And for gonorrhea, already bad statistics got worse last year. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Kind of alarming’: Number of new gonorrhea cases in Alaska skyrockets in 2017," 29 May 2018 And while medications can clear up STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, others, like herpes and HIV, are incurable. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "How to Talk to Your Partner About Getting Tested With Minimal Weirdness," 25 Mar. 2019 Thailand is one country on the front line of the fight against antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. Sophie Cousins, CNN, "Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea," 15 May 2018 Rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have been rising nationally for several years. Washington Post, "Report finds cases of STDs reach all-time high in California," 14 May 2018 Zoliflodacin has the potential to be an effective antibiotic for treating gonorrhea. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "New anti-gonorrhea drug called “metal as f–k”," 15 Nov. 2018 If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirths, severe eye infections in babies and infertility in both men and women. Fox News, "Untreatable 'super gonorrhea' case could be 'tip of the iceberg'," 2 Apr. 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 How to pronounce gonorrhoea (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 gonorrhoeal (audio) \ adjective

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