venereal disease


Definition of venereal disease

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

Examples of venereal disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jenkins’s degradation by her duplicitous husband, then her impending illness and death by venereal disease, represented a low point in female victimhood, perfectly timed for the burgeoning #MeToo movement. Armond White, National Review, 6 July 2022 As early 1778, Captain James Cook and his crew landed on the island of Ni‘ihau, spreading an unknown venereal disease across the archipelago. Kathleen M. Wong, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 In circulars distributed to school boards, public health crusaders like Charles V. Chapin implored teachers to instruct children on the dangers of venereal disease and the virtues of toothbrushing. John Last, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 May 2022 At the time, the public was anxious about the spread of venereal disease in public facilities. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 4 June 2022 The bulls tested positive for trichomoniasis, or Trich, a venereal disease caused by a protozoa and spread between cattle during breeding, the veterinarian’s office reported Thursday. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 Late in life, Arbuckle’s first wife, Minta Durfee, repeated the preposterous tale that Rappe had spread so much venereal disease at Keystone that Mack Sennett had to fumigate the studio. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Prosecutors in Brooklyn allege that Kelly knowingly infected women with herpes, in violation of public health laws that require people who have an infectious venereal disease to notify their partners about their diagnosis. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 22 Aug. 2021 The pills were supposed to protect her from venereal disease. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of venereal disease

1658, in the meaning defined above

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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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