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trichomoniasis

[trik-uh-muh-nahy-uh-sis] /ˌtrɪk ə məˈnaɪ ə sɪs/
noun, Pathology
1.
a sexually transmitted disease typically asymptomatic in men and resulting in vaginitis with a copious, frothy discharge and itching in women, caused by a trichomonad Trichomonas vaginalis.
2.
any of various other diseases caused by a trichomonad.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; trichomon(ad) + -iasis
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British Dictionary definitions for trichomoniasis

trichomoniasis

/ˌtrɪkəʊməˈnaɪəsɪs/
noun
1.
inflammation of the vagina characterized by a frothy discharge, caused by infection with parasitic protozoa (Trichomonas vaginalis)
2.
any infection caused by parasitic protozoa of the genus Trichomonas
Word Origin
C19: New Latin; see trichomonad, -iasis
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Word Origin and History for trichomoniasis
n.

1915, from tricho-, Latinized form of Greek trikho-, comb. form of thrix (genitive trikhos) "hair" + -monas + -iasis. Coined 1836 in French.

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trichomoniasis in Medicine

trichomoniasis trich·o·mo·ni·a·sis (trĭk'ə-mə-nī'ə-sĭs)
n. pl. trich·o·mo·ni·a·ses (-sēz')

  1. A vaginal inflammation caused by a trichomonad (Trichomonas vaginalis) and resulting in a refractory discharge and itching.

  2. An infection caused by trichomonads, as a disease of cattle that commonly results in infertility or abortion in infected cows.

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Encyclopedia Article for trichomoniasis

infection by the flagellate protozoan parasite Trichomonas. Infection is most often intestinal, but it may occur in other cavities or organs such as the liver. The species T. vaginalis may be common in women, causing irritation of the vaginal mucosa; more than 50 percent of women with abnormal vaginal discharge may harbour the organism.

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