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venereal

[vuh-neer-ee-uh l] /vəˈnɪər i əl/
adjective
1.
arising from, connected with, or transmitted through sexual intercourse, as an infection.
2.
pertaining to conditions so arising.
3.
infected with or suffering from a sexually transmitted disease:
a venereal patient.
4.
adapted to the cure of such disease:
a venereal remedy.
5.
of or pertaining to sexual desire or intercourse.
6.
serving or tending to excite sexual desire; aphrodisiac.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin venere(us) of sexual love (vener-, stem of venus sexual charm (see Venus) + -eus adj. suffix) + -al1
Related forms
nonvenereal, adjective
postvenereal, adjective
unvenereal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for venereal

venereal

/vɪˈnɪərɪəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or infected with venereal disease
2.
(of a disease) transmitted by sexual intercourse
3.
of, relating to, or involving the genitals
4.
of or relating to sexual intercourse or erotic desire; aphrodisiac
Word Origin
C15: from Latin venereus concerning sexual love, from venus sexual love, from Venus1
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Word Origin and History for venereal
adj.

early 15c., "of or pertaining to sexual desire or intercourse," from Latin venereus, from venus (genitive veneris) "sexual love, sexual desire" (see Venus). Used of sexually transmitted diseases from 1650s.

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venereal in Medicine

venereal ve·ne·re·al (və-nēr'ē-əl)
adj.

  1. Transmitted by sexual intercourse.

  2. Of or relating to a sexually transmitted disease.

  3. Of or relating to sexual intercourse.

  4. Of or relating to the genitals.

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