[ vuh-neer-ee-uh l ]
/ vəˈnɪər i əl /


arising from, connected with, or transmitted through sexual intercourse, as an infection.
pertaining to conditions so arising.
infected with or suffering from a sexually transmitted disease: a venereal patient.
adapted to the cure of such disease: a venereal remedy.
of or relating to sexual desire or intercourse.
serving or tending to excite sexual desire; aphrodisiac.


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Origin of venereal

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin venere(us) of sexual love (vener-, stem of venus sexual charm (see Venus) + -eus adj. suffix) + -al1


non·ve·ne·re·al, adjectivepost·ve·ne·re·al, adjectiveun·ve·ne·re·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for venereal

/ (vɪˈnɪərɪəl) /


of, relating to, or infected with venereal disease
(of a disease) transmitted by sexual intercourse
of, relating to, or involving the genitals
of or relating to sexual intercourse or erotic desire; aphrodisiac

Word Origin for venereal

C15: from Latin venereus concerning sexual love, from venus sexual love, from Venus 1
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Medical definitions for venereal

[ və-nîrē-əl ]


Transmitted by sexual intercourse.
Of or relating to a sexually transmitted disease.
Of or relating to sexual intercourse.
Of or relating to the genitals.
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