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gonorrhea

[ gon-uh-ree-uh ]
/ ˌgɒn əˈri ə /
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noun Pathology.
a contagious, purulent inflammation of the urethra or the vagina, caused by the gonococcus.

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Also especially British, gon·or·rhoe·a .

Origin of gonorrhea

1540–50; <Late Latin <Greek gonórrhoia.See gono-, -rrhea

OTHER WORDS FROM gonorrhea

gon·or·rhe·al, adjectivegon·or·rhe·ic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for gonorrhea

gonorrhea
[ gŏn′ə-rēə ]

A sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the genital and urinary tracts, an acute discharge containing pus, and painful urination, especially in men. Women often have few or no symptoms.
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Cultural definitions for gonorrhea

gonorrhea
[ (gon-uh-ree-uh) ]

An acute and sexually transmitted disease, caused by bacteria that invade the mucous membranes of the genitals and urinary tract. In women, the disease can also spread to the cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, leading to chronic pelvic pain or infertility. In both sexes, the disease can spread to the joints and skin (or, more rarely, the heart or brain) if left untreated. The disease can be treated with antibiotics.

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