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venereal disease

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noun Pathology.
  1. sexually transmitted disease. Abbreviation: VD
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Origin of venereal disease

First recorded in 1650–60
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Related Words

herpes, pox, gonorrhea, syphilis, STD, VD, crabs

Examples from the Web for venereal disease

Historical Examples

  • The venereal-disease problem has given a great deal of trouble in Egypt as elsewhere.

    The Australian Army Medical Corps in Egypt

    James W. Barrett

  • The venereal-disease problem in the early part of 1916 gave very great concern, and active measures were taken to deal with it.

  • It is suggested that this form of prophylaxis might be carried out by an orderly at the venereal-disease clinics.

    Venereal Diseases in New Zealand (1922)

    Committee Of The Board Of Health


British Dictionary definitions for venereal disease

venereal disease

noun
  1. any of various diseases, such as syphilis or gonorrhoea, transmitted by sexual intercourseAbbreviation: VD
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venereal disease in Medicine

venereal disease

n.
  1. Any of several contagious diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea, contracted through sexual intercourse; a sexually transmitted disease.
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venereal disease in Science

venereal disease

[və-nîrē-əl]
  1. See sexually transmitted disease.
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