Venereal disease

Venereal disease
A disease that is contracted and transmitted by sexual contact, caused by microorganisms that survive on the skin or mucus membranes, or that are transmitted via semen, vaginal secretions, or blood during intercourse. Because the genital areas provide a moist, warm environment that is especially conducive to the proliferation of bacteria, viruses, and yeasts, a great many diseases can be transmitted this way. They include AIDS, chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, syphilis, yeast infections, and some forms of hepatitis. Also known as a morbus venereus or sexually transmitted disease (STD).

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venereal disease n a contagious disease (as gonorrhea or syphilis) that is typically acquired in sexual intercourse abbr. VD compare SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE

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(VD) 1. sexually transmitted d. 2. a former classification of sexually transmitted diseases that included only gonorrhea, syphilis, chancroid, lymphogranuloma venereum, and granuloma inguinale.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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