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type of genital infection, 1984, from the name of the bacteria that causes it (1945), which is formed from Latinized comb. form of Greek khlamys (genitive khlamydos) "short mantle, military cloak," of unknown origin, + -ia.
chlamydia chla·myd·i·a (klə-mĭd'ē-ə)
n. pl. chla·myd·i·ae (-ē-ē')
Any of several common, often asymptomatic, sexually transmitted diseases caused by the microorganism Chlamydia trachomatis.
Chlamydia Chla·myd·i·a (klə-mĭd'ē-ə)
A genus of coccoid, gram-negative microorganisms that are pathogenic to humans and animals, causing diseases such as conjunctivitis in cattle and sheep, and trachoma, nonspecific urethritis, and proctitis in humans. Also called Bedsonia, Miyagawanella.
lymphogranuloma lym·pho·gran·u·lo·ma (lĭm'fō-grān'yə-lō'mə)
Any of several unrelated diseases in which the pathological processes result in the formation of granulomas or granulomalike lesions, especially in various groups of lymph nodes which then become conspicuously enlarged.
Hodgkin's disease. No longer in technical use.
Plural chlamydiae (klə-mĭd'ē-ē')
Any of various bacteria of the genus Chlamydia, several species of which cause common infections in humans and animals, including neonatal conjunctivitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, pharyngitis, and sexually transmitted infections of the pelvis and urethra.