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
syphiliticplay \ˌsi-fə-ˈli-tik\ adjective or noun
Recent Examples of syphilis from the Web
For example, the former once delicately suggested that the president might have syphilis, while the latter got a personal phone call from the guy to thank her for her support.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Trump administration opposes a bid to use unclaimed money from a legal settlement over the government’s infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to fund a museum honoring victims of the research project.
On Ludwig's unexplained and sudden death, Otto succeeded to the throne, but succumbed rapidly to a deep and incurable depression, probably caused by syphilis (he was paralyzed during the final period of his life).
The specialty clinic diagnoses and treats sexually transmitted diseases including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, yeast and herpes.
The study recruited 600 black men--of which 399 were diagnosed with syphilis--and 201-a control group of men who did not have the disease.
Those men were tested and then sorted into two groups: 399 who had syphilis and another 201 who were not infected.
Living participants who were infected with syphilis got $37,500, and heirs of dead members of the control group got $5,000.
The men that had the disease were never informed or treated for it, even after penicillin became an effective treatment for syphilis.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1653See Words from the same year
SYPHILIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of syphilis for English Language Learners
medical : a very serious disease that is spread through sexual intercourse
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—called also lues; see primary syphilis, secondary syphilis, tertiary syphilis
Biographical Note for syphilis
Syphilus \ˈsif-ə-ləs\, literary character. Syphilus is the hero of the 1530 Latin poem “Syphilis or the French Disease,” which was written by the Italian physician and poet Girolamo Fracastoro. Syphilus is a swineherd who blasphemes a sun god and as a punishment is afflicted with a disease.
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