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 And also efforts to control the spread of venereal disease, both in the First World War and especially in the Second World War. The Atlantic, 27 May 2021 The study recruited hundreds of Black men with syphilis who were told they’d be treated for the venereal disease; instead, researchers gave them placebos and monitored the disease’s deadly progression., 22 May 2021 In one of her most significant social campaigns, Butler worked to repeal the Contagious Diseases Acts, which allowed law enforcement officials to detain women believed to be prostitutes and forcibly examine them for evidence of venereal disease. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2021 In a fashion analogous to that of the original VD, venereal disease, viral deception is contagious and socially transmitted. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Scientific American, 18 Mar. 2021 For many in the Black community, the Tuskegee syphilis study - a secret experiment conducted by the U.S. government to study the deadly venereal disease without treatment - looms especially large in the collective memory, experts said. William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Nov. 2020 About half of the men in the initial study conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service had syphilis, but they weren’t given adequate treatment because the point of the experiment was to watch the progression of the venereal disease. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2020 Close to 20,000 women, most of them infected with venereal diseases, were incarcerated or detained without being formally charged with a crime, according to The New York Times. Alicia Lee, CNN, 4 Mar. 2020 The girl contracted a venereal disease from the assault, the documents state. Madeline Mitchell,, 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of venereal disease

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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