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

1300–50; Middle English glete < Middle French glete, Old French glette < Latin glittus sticky
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Historical Examples

  • In gleet the discharges from the nostrils, as in ozena, are of a very light color.

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    Harvey Riley

  • This condition—chronic gonorrhea—is commonly known as "gleet."

  • In gleet, &c., and in affections of the mucous membranes of the throat and fauces.

  • She was aware of my disease, which by that time had become a gleet and did not inconvenience me in any way.

  • Gleet or obstinate milky discharge or oozing of from two to twelve years standing yielded painlessly and permanently to their use.

British Dictionary definitions for gleet


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

Word Origin

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


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