syphilis

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Modern Latin, originally the title of a poem by Girolamo Fracastoro concerning "Syphilus", the supposed first sufferer of the disease.

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syphilis (uncountable)

  1. (pathology) A disease spread via sexual activity, caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum.

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