gonorrhea
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Late Latin, morbid loss of semen, from Greek gonorrhoia, from gon- + -rrhoia -rrhea Date: circa 1526 a contagious inflammation of the genital mucous membrane caused by the gonococcus — called also clapgonorrheal adjective

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  • Gonorrhea — Gon or*rhe a, Gonorrhoea Gon or*rh[oe] a, n. [L. gonorrhoea, Gr. ?; ? that which begets, semen, the genitals + ? to flow: cf. F. gonorrh[ e]e.] (Med.) A contagious inflammatory disease of the genitourinary tract, affecting especially the urethra… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gonorrhea — (n.) also gonorrhoea, 1520s, from L.L. gonorrhoia, from gonos seed (see GONAD (Cf. gonad)) + rhoe flow, from rhein to flow (see RHEUM (Cf. rheum)). Mucus discharge was mistaken for semen. In early records often Gomoria, etc., from folk etymology… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gonorrhea — or gonorrhoea [gän΄ə rē′ə] n. [LL gonorrhoea < Gr gonorrhoia < gonos, a seed, semen (see GONAD) + rhoia < rheein, to flow: see STREAM] an infectious venereal disease caused by gonococci, characterized by inflammation of the mucous… …   English World dictionary

  • Gonorrhea — The clap redirects here. For other uses, see Clap. Gonorrhea Classification and external resources …   Wikipedia

  • gonorrhea — gonorrheal, adj. gonorrheic, adj. /gon euh ree euh/, n. Pathol. a contagious, purulent inflammation of the urethra or the vagina, caused by the gonococcus. Also, esp. Brit., gonorrhoea. [1540 50; < LL < Gk gonórrhoia. See GONO , RRHEA] * * *… …   Universalium

  • Gonorrhea — An infection caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoea, considered primarily a sexually transmitted disease, but can also be transmitted to the newborn during the birthing process. Gonorrhea is one of the oldest known sexually transmitted… …   Medical dictionary

  • gonorrhea — n. to catch, contract gonorrhea * * * contract gonorrhea to catch …   Combinatory dictionary

  • gonorrhea — (gon o re ah) An acute infectious sexually transmitted disease of the mucous membranes of the genitourinary tract, eye, rectum, and throat. It is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • gonorrhea — noun /ˌɡɒn.əˈɹi.ə/ An STD caused by a species of bacteria (the gonococcus) that affects the mucous membrane of the genital and urinary tracts. Syn: clap …   Wiktionary

  • gonorrhea — Synonyms and related words: French disease, Spanish pox, VD, acquired syphilis, balanitis gangrenosa, cerebral tabes, chancre, chancroid, clap, claps, climatic bubo, congenital syphilis, constitutional syphilis, dose, dose of clap, fifth venereal …   Moby Thesaurus

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