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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Cut off from their families and the company of women, migrant workers suffer rates of venereal disease far higher than the national norms. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "The Return to Serfdom," 25 July 2019 Kelly is charged with violating the statute by transporting a victim interstate and violating New York law by recklessly endangering the victim and exposing her to infectious venereal diseases. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "R. Kelly facing federal charges because his alleged sex crimes involve interstate activity," 14 July 2019 And also by reading public health records about the spread of venereal disease and how people were getting abortions back then. Lizzie O'leary, The Atlantic, "Elizabeth Gilbert Is Owning Her Past Mistakes," 15 June 2019 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

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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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