from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sexually transmitted disease caused by gonococcal bacteria that affects the mucous membrane chiefly of the genital and urinary tracts and is characterized by an acute purulent discharge and painful or difficult urination, though women often have no symptoms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An STD caused by a species of bacteria (the gonococcus) that affects the mucous membrane of the genital and urinary tracts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A contagious inflammatory disease of the genitourinary tract, affecting especially the urethra and vagina, and characterized by a mucopurulent discharge, pain in urination, and chordee; clap.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathol., a. specific, contagious, muco-purulent inflammation of the male urethra or the female vagina and urethra. It may also be communicated to the conjunctival and rectal mucous membranes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra
Greek gonorrhoia, flow of seed (from the mistaken belief that the discharge contained semen) : gono-, gono- + -rhoia, -rrhea.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Late Latin gonorrhoia, from Ancient Greek γονόρροια (gonorroia), from γόνος (gonos, "sperm. seed, offspring") + ῥέω (rheō, "I flow") (ca. 1526). (Wiktionary)