venereal disease
noun Date: 1658 a contagious disease (as gonorrhea or syphilis) that is typically acquired in sexual intercourse — compare std

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  • venereal disease — ► NOUN ▪ a disease contracted by sexual intercourse with a person already infected …   English terms dictionary

  • venereal disease — UK [vəˈnɪərɪəl dɪˌziːz] / US [vəˈnɪrɪəl dɪˌzɪz] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms venereal disease : singular venereal disease plural venereal diseases old fashioned a disease that is spread when people have sex …   English dictionary

  • venereal disease — noun a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact • Syn: ↑VD, ↑venereal infection, ↑social disease, ↑Cupid s itch, ↑Cupid s disease, ↑Venus s curse, ↑dose, ↑sexually transmitted …   Useful english dictionary

  • Venereal disease — A disease that is contracted and transmitted by sexual contact, caused by microorganisms that survive on the skin or mucus membranes, or that are transmitted via semen, vaginal secretions, or blood during intercourse. Because the genital areas… …   Medical dictionary

  • venereal disease — Synonyms and related words: African lethargy, Asiatic cholera, Chagres fever, French disease, German measles, Haverhill fever, Spanish pox, VD, acquired syphilis, acute articular rheumatism, ague, alkali disease, amebiasis, amebic dysentery,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • venereal disease — [[t]vɪnɪ͟əriəl dɪzi͟ːz[/t]] venereal diseases N VAR Venereal disease is used to refer to diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhoea which are passed on by sexual intercourse. The abbreviation VD is also used …   English dictionary

  • venereal disease — ve|ne|re|al dis|ease [vıˈnıəriəl dıˌzi:z US ˈnır ] n [U and C] old fashioned [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: venereal (1400 1500) from Latin venereus, from venus; VENERATE] ↑VD …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • venereal disease — Pathol. See sexually transmitted disease. Abbr.: VD [1650 60] * * *       any of a number of contagious diseases that are most commonly acquired in sexual intercourse. See sexually transmitted disease. * * * …   Universalium

  • venereal disease — vene′real disease n. pat sexually transmitted disease Abbr.: VD • Etymology: 1650–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • venereal disease — noun Any of several contagious diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea, contracted through sexual intercourse. Syn: sexually transmitted disease, sexually transmitted infection …   Wiktionary

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