gonorrhea

gonorrhea

[gon-uh-ree-uh]
noun Pathology.
a contagious, purulent inflammation of the urethra or the vagina, caused by the gonococcus.
Also, especially British, gonorrhoea.


Origin:
1540–50; < Late Latin < Greek gonórrhoia. See gono-, -rrhea

gonorrheal, adjective
gonorrheic, adjective
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gonorrhoea or gonorrhea (ˌɡɒnəˈrɪə)
 
n
an infectious venereal disease caused by a gonococcus, characterized by a burning sensation when urinating and a mucopurulent discharge from the urethra or vagina
 
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek, from gonos seed + rhoia flux, flow]
 
gonorrhea or gonorrhea
 
n
 
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek, from gonos seed + rhoia flux, flow]
 
gonor'rhoeal or gonorrhea
 
adj
 
gonor'rhoeic or gonorrhea
 
adj
 
gonor'rheal or gonorrhea
 
adj
 
gonor'rheic or gonorrhea
 
adj

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gonorrhea
1526, from L.L. gonorrhoia, from gonos "seed" + rhoe "flow," from rhein "to flow" (see rheum). Mucus discharge was mistaken for semen. In early records often Gomoria, etc., from folk etymology association with biblical Gomorrah.
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gonorrhea gon·or·rhe·a (gŏn'ə-rē'ə)
n.
A sexually transmitted disease caused by gonococci and affecting mucous membrane chiefly of the genital and urinary tracts, marked by an acute purulent discharge and painful or difficult urination, though women often have no symptoms.


gon'or·rhe'al or gon'or·rhe'ic adj.
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gonorrhea   (gŏn'ə-rē'ə)  Pronunciation Key 
A sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the genital and urinary tracts, an acute discharge containing pus, and painful urination, especially in men. Women often have few or no symptoms.
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gonorrhea [(gon-uh-ree-uh)]

An acute and sexually transmitted disease, caused by bacteria that invade the mucous membranes of the genitals and urinary tract. In women, the disease can also spread to the cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, leading to chronic pelvic pain or infertility. In both sexes, the disease can spread to the joints and skin (or, more rarely, the heart or brain) if left untreated. The disease can be treated with antibiotics.

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