American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chronic infectious disease caused by a spirochete (Treponema pallidum), either transmitted by direct contact, usually in sexual intercourse, or passed from mother to child in utero, and progressing through three stages characterized respectively by local formation of chancres, ulcerous skin eruptions, and systemic infection leading to general paresis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An infectious venereal disease of chronic course, communicated from person to person by actual contact with discharges containing the virus, or by heredity. The initial lesion at the point of inoculation is the hard or true chancre; this, after a short period, is followed by skin-affections of varied form, sore throat with mucous patches and swelling of the lymphatic glands, and later by disease of the bones, muscles, arteries, and viscera. The chancre is known as primary syphilis, the diseases of the skin and mucous membranes as secondary syphilis, and the later disorders as tertiary syphilis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) The pox, or venereal disease; a chronic, specific, infectious disease, usually communicated by sexual intercourse or by hereditary transmission, and occurring in three stages known as
primary, secondary, and tertiary syphilis. See under primary, secondary, and tertiary.
- n. a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
- Modern Latin, originally the title of a poem by Girolamo Fracastoro concerning "Syphilus", the supposed first sufferer of the disease. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin, from "Syphilis, sive Morbus Gallicus,” "Syphilis, or the French Disease,” title of a poem by Girolamo Fracastoro (1478?-1553), from Syphilus, the poem's protagonist. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I guess the increase in syphilis is with men if you aren't seeing it in your practice?”
“The name syphilis comes from a poem written by the physician Girolamo Fracastoro in 1530, about a shepherd named Syphilus who offended the god Apollo and was punished with the world's first case of the pox.”
“As we all know, the study demonstrated treating syphilis is better than not treating it.”
“The route of transmission of syphilis is almost always through sexual contact.”
“The syphilis is what drove the prince to being murderous and violent.”
“He contracted syphilis from the houses of prostitution that he played in during his life and died in 1917 from the disease.”
“The dispute about the origins of syphilis is unlikely to be settled any time soon, and, in any event, it is not my intention here to revisit this debate.”
“Skeletal evidence for tuberculosis and treponemal infection — forms of syphilis and yaws — have been found throughout the Americas, including Mexico. 12 Whether or not this included venereal syphilis is still one of the most widely debated subjects in medical historiography, and one that I explore later in this chapter.”
“Tertiary Neurosyphilis – Tertiary neurosyphilis, is the most interesting form of syphilis from a cultural point of view.”
“My congenital syphilis is flaring up and I must retire.”
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