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venereal disease

noun, Pathology.
1.
sexually transmitted disease.
Abbreviation: VD.
Origin of venereal disease
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60
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  • There is only one radical cure for venereal diseases; that is not to contract them!

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Bergen is also, as I was informed, terribly scourged by venereal diseases.

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
  • Voluntarily he spoke of the venereal diseases from which he had suffered.

    Child Labor in City Streets Edward Nicholas Clopper
  • The increase in venereal diseases is especially great in the navy.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Consumption and venereal diseases now made their appearance.

  • venereal diseases fill our hospitals, asylums, and workhouses.

    Safe Marriage Ettie A. Rout
  • "They don't want the truth about venereal diseases," exclaimed the other.

    Damaged Goods Upton Sinclair
  • The venereal diseases should be referred to in talks to adolescent boys.

  • The perils and results of the venereal diseases should be told simply and frankly.

  • venereal diseases, straining at stool, over-exertion, physical accidents and ill health may sometimes cause miscarriage.

British Dictionary definitions for venereal diseases

venereal disease

noun
1.
any of various diseases, such as syphilis or gonorrhoea, transmitted by sexual intercourse VD
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venereal diseases in Medicine

venereal disease n.
Abbr. VD, V.D.
Any of several contagious diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea, contracted through sexual intercourse; a sexually transmitted disease.

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venereal diseases in Science
venereal disease
  (və-nîr'ē-əl)   
See sexually transmitted disease.
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venereal diseases in Culture
venereal diseases (VD) [(vuh-neer-ee-uhl)]

Sexually transmitted diseases; these diseases are named after Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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