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[vuh-neer-ee-uh l] /vəˈnɪər i əl/
arising from, connected with, or transmitted through sexual intercourse, as an infection.
pertaining to conditions so arising.
infected with or suffering from a sexually transmitted disease:
a venereal patient.
adapted to the cure of such disease:
a venereal remedy.
of or relating to sexual desire or intercourse.
serving or tending to excite sexual desire; aphrodisiac.
Origin of venereal
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin venere(us) of sexual love (vener-, stem of venus sexual charm (see Venus) + -eus adj. suffix) + -al1
Related forms
nonvenereal, adjective
postvenereal, adjective
unvenereal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for venereal
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  • There are three kinds of venereal disease, which we will describe in a few words.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • There is only one radical cure for venereal diseases; that is not to contract them!

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • There is another factor to be added—that of venereal disease.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Many husbands are sterile, however, as a result of venereal disease.

  • From the absorption of the matter from venereal ulcers and suppurating bones.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
  • In the latter case some venereal desires should have attended.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
  • So feeble and cloying is the venereal indulgence, if Love inspires it not.

  • So then, the first danger is the danger of venereal infection.


    William J. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for venereal


of, relating to, or infected with venereal disease
(of a disease) transmitted by sexual intercourse
of, relating to, or involving the genitals
of or relating to sexual intercourse or erotic desire; aphrodisiac
Word Origin
C15: from Latin venereus concerning sexual love, from venus sexual love, from Venus1
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Word Origin and History for venereal

early 15c., "of or pertaining to sexual desire or intercourse," from Latin venereus, from venus (genitive veneris) "sexual love, sexual desire" (see Venus). Used of sexually transmitted diseases from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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venereal in Medicine

venereal ve·ne·re·al (və-nēr'ē-əl)

  1. Transmitted by sexual intercourse.

  2. Of or relating to a sexually transmitted disease.

  3. Of or relating to sexual intercourse.

  4. Of or relating to the genitals.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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