1. a thin, morbid discharge, as from a wound.
  2. persistent or chronic gonorrhea.
Also called nasal gleet. Veterinary Pathology. an inflammation of the nasal passages of a horse, producing a thick discharge.

Origin of gleet

1300–50; Middle English glete < Middle French glete, Old French glette < Latin glittus sticky Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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inflammation of the urethra with a slight discharge of thin pus and mucus: a stage of chronic gonorrhoea
the pus and mucus discharged
Derived Formsgleety, adjective

Word Origin for gleet

C14: from Old French glette slime, from Latin glittus sticky
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Word Origin and History for gleet

mid-14c., from Old French glete "clay, loam; slime, mud; filth" (12c., Modern French glette), from Latin glitem (nominative glis) "sticky, glutinous ground," back-formation from glittus "sticky."

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gleet in Medicine




Inflammation of the urethra resulting from chronic gonorrhea and characterized by a mucopurulent discharge.
The discharge that is characteristic of this inflammation.medorrhea
Related formsgleety adj.
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