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[sif-uh-lit-ik] /ˌsɪf əˈlɪt ɪk/
pertaining to, noting, or affected with syphilis.
a person affected with syphilis.
Origin of syphilitic
1780-90; < New Latin syphiliticus, equivalent to syphili(s) syphilis + -ticus -tic
Related forms
syphilitically, adverb
antisyphilitic, adjective, noun
postsyphilitic, adjective
pseudosyphilitic, adjective Unabridged
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  • If she gives birth to a child or children, they are syphilitic.

  • Some syphilitic mothers will have half a dozen or more miscarriages in succession.


    William J. Robinson
  • The name of a syphilitic swelling or tumor is gumma (plural, gummata).


    William J. Robinson
  • The problem of the syphilitic differs from the problem of the exgonorrheal patient.


    William J. Robinson
  • Or the child may be born alive, but suffering from syphilitic infection.

  • In 1905, Schaudinn discovered the syphilitic treponema in man.

  • Thus there are the syphilitic, scrofulous, and rheumatic inflammations.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • It has been used to secure immunity from syphilitic affections.

    Fruits of Philosophy Charles Knowlton
  • Said the Soul: You died exquisitely, of syphilitic disorders.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
syphilitic in Medicine

syphilitic syph·i·lit·ic (sĭf'ə-lĭt'ĭk)
Of, relating to, or affected with syphilis. n.
A person with syphilis.

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