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

Examples of gonorrhea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 STDs factored in the study were HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "2 Alabama cities have some of highest levels of sexually transmitted diseases in the country," 14 Jan. 2020 Tuberculosis remains a part of the screening, along with communicable diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea and leprosy. Sophie Chou, ProPublica, "Despite Audit, Doctors With Checkered Records Can Still Decide Fate of Green Card Seekers," 12 Dec. 2019 There were record numbers of cases recorded in all of the three most common STDs: syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "‘More must be done’: STD cases in Maryland mostly outpacing those nationally," 16 Oct. 2019 Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia combined reached an all-time high in 2018. Los Angeles Times, "1,306 U.S. infants were born with syphilis in 2018, even though it’s easy to prevent," 8 Oct. 2019 Consider getting tested for STIs like chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "13 Condom Mistakes You May Be Making," 22 Aug. 2019 Amphora is also in a mid-stage trial for prevention of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. Evofem, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Evofem gets $80 million for vaginal gel contraceptive," 11 June 2019 As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in August, rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia have climbed in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 2019

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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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2 Apr 2020

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“Gonorrhea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gonorrhea. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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