venereal

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adjective ve·ne·re·al \və-ˈnir-ē-əl\

Definition of venereal

  1. 1 :  of or relating to sexual pleasure or indulgence

  2. 2a :  resulting from or contracted during sexual intercourse <venereal infections>b :  of, relating to, or affected with venereal disease <a high venereal rate>c :  involving the genital organs <venereal sarcoma>

venereally

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Did You Know?

Venus was the Roman goddess of love, the equivalent of the Greek Aphrodite. Since she governed all aspects of love and desire, a word derived from her name was given to the diseases acquired through sexual contact. Most of these venereal diseases have been around for many centuries, but only in the 20th century did doctors devise tests to identify them or medicines to cure them. Today the official term is sexually transmitted disease, or STD; but even this name turns out to be ambiguous, since some of these diseases can be contracted in other ways as well.

Origin and Etymology of venereal

Middle English venerealle, from Latin Venerius, Venereus “of Venus, of or relating to sexual desire or sexual activity, erotic,” adjective derivative of vener-, venus “sexual desire, sexual intercourse, (as proper noun) goddess personifying sexual attractiveness” + -alle 1-al — more at venus


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

venereal

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adjective ve·ne·re·al \və-ˈnir-ē-əl\

Medical Definition of venereal

  1. 1:  of or relating to sexual pleasure or indulgence

  2. 2a:  resulting from or contracted during sexual intercourse <venereal infections>b:  of, relating to, or affected with venereal disease <a high venereal rate>c:  involving the genital organs <venereal sarcoma>

venereally

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