syphilis

noun
syph·​i·​lis | \ ˈsi-f(ə-)ləs How to pronounce syphilis (audio) \

Definition of syphilis

: a chronic contagious usually venereal and often congenital disease caused by a spirochete (Treponema pallidum) and if left untreated producing chancres, rashes, and systemic lesions in a clinical course with three stages continued over many years — compare primary syphilis, secondary syphilis, tertiary syphilis

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Other Words from syphilis

syphilitic \ ˌsi-​fə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce syphilitic (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Some can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy or childbirth -- notably chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Nina Avramova, CNN, "One million STDs diagnosed every day, World Health Organization says," 6 June 2019 By infection, there were 127 million new cases of chlamydia, 87 million of gonorrhoea, 6.3 million of syphilis and 156 million of trichomoniasis. Bloomberg News, al.com, "Sexually transmitted infections spread to 1 million each day," 6 June 2019 In California in 2017, there were 30 stillbirths related to congenital syphilis. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "STD rates rise in Sacramento County, following statewide, nationwide trends," 2 July 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 Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis are all curable and HIV can be prevented by taking daily PrEP. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 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 Like herpes, sometimes sores can surface in areas that aren’t covered by a condom, and coming into contact with those areas can still put you at risk of contracting syphilis, the CDC says. Korin Miller, SELF, "These Are the Only Kinds of Birth Control That Also Protect Against STIs," 27 July 2018 Such syphilis cases carry higher risks of miscarriage, newborn death and lifelong health issues. Fox News, "Number of newborns born with syphilis doubles in 4 years, CDC reports," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of syphilis

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for syphilis

New Latin, from Syphilus, hero of the poem Syphilis sive Morbus Gallicus (Syphilis or the French disease) (1530) by Girolamo Fracastoro †1553 Italian poet and physician

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syphilis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of syphilis

medical : a very serious disease that is spread through sexual intercourse

syphilis

noun
syph·​i·​lis | \ ˈsif-(ə-)ləs How to pronounce syphilis (audio) \

Medical Definition of syphilis

: a chronic contagious usually venereal and often congenital disease that is caused by a spirochete of the genus Treponema (T. pallidum) and if left untreated produces chancres, rashes, and systemic lesions in a clinical course with three stages continued over many years

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— see primary syphilis, secondary syphilis, tertiary syphilis

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