- syon house,
- syphilitic abscess,
- syphilitic aneurysm,
- syphilitic leukoderma,
- syphilitic roseola
Origin of syphilis
Examples from the Web for syphilis
Syphilis is caused by Treponema pallidum, a small unicellular animal parasite.Being Well-Born|Michael F. Guyer
Syphilis is also wholly preventable, which is not true of tuberculosis at present.
Some depend on a contagious virus, communicable from one person to another, as Syphilis.
Syphilis, therefore, is a markedly contagious and inoculable disease.Venereal Diseases in New Zealand (1922)|Committee Of The Board Of Health
On the contrary, in primary Syphilis, and even in incipient Scrofula, Mercury may be used.
Word Origin for syphilis
1718, Modern Latin, originally from the title of a poem, "Syphilis, sive Morbus Gallicus" "Syphilis, or the French Disease," 1530, by Veronese doctor Girolamo Fracastoro (1483-1553), which tells the tale of the shepherd Syphilus, supposed to be the first sufferer from the disease. Fracastoro first used the word as a generic term for the disease in 1546 treatise "De Contagione." Why he chose the name is unknown; it may be intended as Latin for "Pig-lover," though there was also a Sipylus, a son of Niobe, in Ovid.
A sexually transmitted disease caused by a microorganism. In its initial stages (called primary syphilis), it is manifested by a skin ulcer called a chancre. If the disease is not treated by penicillin or other antibiotics, the infection becomes chronic. In so-called tertiary syphilis, virtually any tissue in the body can be damaged, including the cardiovascular and nervous systems. The disease, if left untreated, can cause blindness, mental illness, and death.