venereal syphilis
(ve-ne\'re-al sif\'ī-lis)
A contagious, sexually transmitted disease caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum.

Microbiology. . 2009.

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  • syphilis — /sif euh lis/, n. Pathol. a chronic infectious disease, caused by a spirochete, Treponema pallidum, usually venereal in origin but often congenital, and affecting almost any organ or tissue in the body, esp. the genitals, skin, mucous membranes,… …   Universalium

  • syphilis — (sif ī lis) See venereal syphilis …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • SYPHILIS — La syphilis, ou vérole, est une maladie infectieuse due au tréponème de Schaudinn et Hoffmann. C’est une maladie essentiellement contagieuse , transmissible en général par les rapports sexuels, beaucoup plus rarement par accident (piqûre), par… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • venereal — [və nir′ē əl] adj. [ME venerealle < L venereus < venus, love: see VENUS] 1. a) having to do with sexual love or intercourse b) serving to arouse sexual desire; aphrodisiac 2. a) transmitted only or chiefly by sexual intercourse with an… …   English World dictionary

  • Syphilis —    Venereal disease which became a major health problem in every part of Europe from the 1490s. The name comes from a poem published in 1530 by the physician Girolamo Fracastoro describing the illness and cure of a shepherd affected by the… …   Historical Dictionary of Renaissance

  • syphilis — [sif′ə lis] n. [ModL < Syphilis sive Morbus Gallicus, lit., Syphilis or the French disease, title of a poem (1530) by Girolamo Fracastoro: after the hero Syphilus, a shepherd] an infectious venereal disease caused by a spirochete (Treponema… …   English World dictionary

  • Venereal — Ve*ne re*al, n. (Med.) The venereal disease; syphilis. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Syphilis — Syph i*lis, n. [NL., fr. Syphilus, the name of a shepherd in the Latin poem of Fracastoro, Syphilus, sive Morbus Gallicus, which was published in 1530; Gr. ? hog, swine + ? dear, loving. The term was introduced into nosology by Sauvages.] (Med.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Syphilis — A sexually transmitted disease caused by Treponema pallidum, a microscopic organism called a spirochete. This worm like, spiral shaped organism infects people by burrowing into the moist mucous membranes of the mouth or genitals. From there, the… …   Medical dictionary

  • Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test — The Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test or VDRL was developed by the former Venereal Disease Research Laboratory, now the Treponemal Pathogenesis and Immunology Branch, of the United States Public Health Service. The VDRL type test was… …   Wikipedia

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