syphiloid

syphiloid

[sif-uh-loid]
adjective
resembling syphilis.

Origin:
1805–15; syphil(is) + -oid

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syphilis (ˈsɪfɪlɪs)
 
n
a venereal disease caused by infection with the microorganism Treponema pallidum: characterized by an ulcerating chancre, usually on the genitals and progressing through the lymphatic system to nearly all tissues of the body, producing serious clinical manifestations
 
[C18: from New Latin Syphilis (sive Morbus Gallicus) ``Syphilis (or the French disease)'', title of a poem (1530) by G. Fracastoro, Italian physician and poet, in which a shepherd Syphilus is portrayed as the first victim of the disease]
 
syphilitic
 
adj
 
syphi'litically
 
adv
 
'syphiloid
 
adj

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