venereal disease


Definition of venereal disease

: a contagious disease (such as gonorrhea or syphilis) that is typically acquired in sexual intercourse — compare std

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Government documents say the purpose was to keep soldiers from raping women and triggering anti-Japan sentiment, as well as preventing venereal disease and Chinese espionage. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Dispute between Seoul, Tokyo over WWII brothels," 21 Nov. 2018 Not long after, the major gave him a lecture on venereal disease. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Bustling prostitution industries sprang up around army bases and seaports, and soon the U.S. Navy was facing a full-on epidemic of venereal disease, Gordon explains. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 The sharp decline in population wasn't just due to violent deaths, but also diseases brought by the Europeans, including the common cold, flu, measles, venereal diseases, tuberculosis and smallpox. Aaron Smith, CNN, "The 'forgotten people': When death came to the Torres Strait," 25 May 2018 Long believed to be extinct, a single living specimen was discovered in the 1980s and quickly became a destination for both curious tourists and locals seeking it out as a folk remedy for hangovers and venereal disease. Willy Blackmore,, "Saving the world one plant at a time in 'The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species' by Carlos Magdalena," 6 Apr. 2018 Beyond the bedside, the speculum was an instrument of surveillance, deployed by police to detain prostitutes suspected of carrying venereal disease, according to Moscucci. Daniela Blei, The Atlantic, "Women Are Redesigning the Dreaded Speculum," 8 Mar. 2018 Subjected to dreadful treatment by both owners and customers, most of them contracted venereal diseases and were physically and mentally broken within a few years. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "Shame of the city: When Chinese sex slaves were trafficked in SF," 5 Jan. 2018 Inmates receive a full medical evaluation within two weeks of being booked, but not all of them stay long enough to go through all the tests, which includes HIV, Hepatitis C and venereal disease, the report said. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Multnomah County jails review report notes issues with staffing, inmate resources," 20 Dec. 2017

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1658, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of venereal disease

medical : a disease (such as gonorrhea or syphilis) that is passed from one person to another through sexual intercourse

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Medical Definition of venereal disease

: a contagious disease (as gonorrhea or syphilis) that is typically acquired in sexual intercourse abbreviation VD — compare sexually transmitted disease

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