Definition: Syphilis

From New World Encyclopedia


From New Latin syphilis, originally the title of a poem by Girolamo Fracastoro concerning “Syphilus,” a shepherd boy who insulted the Greek god Apollo and was punished by that god with a horrible disease.


syphilis (uncountable)

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

Derived terms

  • neurosyphilis
  • syphilitic
  • syphilize
  • syphiloid


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