gonorrhoea

gonorrhoea
n.
a sexually transmitted disease, caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, that affects the genital mucous membranes of either sex. Symptoms develop about a week after infection and include pain on passing urine and discharge of pus (known as gleet) from the penis (in men) or vagina (in women); some infected women, however, experience no symptoms. If a pregnant woman has gonorrhoea, her baby's eyes may become infected during passage through the birth canal (see ophthalmia neonatorum). In untreated cases, the infection may spread throughout the reproductive system, causing sterility; severe inflammation of the urethra in men can prevent passage of urine (a condition known as stricture). Later complications include arthritis, inflammation of the heart valves (endocarditis), and infection of the eyes, causing conjunctivitis. Treatment with ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, or cefotaxime is usually effective.

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  • Gonorrhoea — Gonorrhea Gon or*rhe a, Gonorrhoea Gon or*rh[oe] a, n. [L. gonorrhoea, Gr. ?; ? that which begets, semen, the genitals + ? to flow: cf. F. gonorrh[ e]e.] (Med.) A contagious inflammatory disease of the genitourinary tract, affecting especially… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gonorrhoea — [[t]gɒ̱nəri͟ːə[/t]] N UNCOUNT Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease. (in AM, use gonorrhea) …   English dictionary

  • gonorrhoea — n. a sexually transmitted disease, caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, that affects the genital mucous membranes of either sex. Symptoms develop about a week after infection and include pain on passing urine and discharge of pus (known …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • gonorrhoea — see GENERAL …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • gonorrhoea — gon·or·rhoe·a || ‚gÉ‘nÉ™ rɪːə /‚gÉ’n n. sexually transmitted disease …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gonorrhoea — [ˌgɒnə rɪə] (US gonorrhea) noun a venereal disease involving inflammatory discharge from the urethra or vagina. Derivatives gonorrhoeal adjective Origin C16: via late L. from Gk gonorrhoia, from gonos semen + rhoia flux …   English new terms dictionary

  • gonorrhoea — n. (Med.) Clap, blennorrhoea, blennorrhagia, venereal disease …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • gonorrhoea — gon·or·rhoea …   English syllables

  • gonorrhoea — UK [ˌɡɒnəˈriːə] / US [ˌɡɑnəˈrɪə] noun [uncountable] medical a disease affecting the sex organs that is passed on during sex …   English dictionary

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