Definition of venereal in English:

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venereal

Pronunciation: /vəˈnirēəl/

adjective

1Relating to sexual desire or sexual intercourse.
Example sentences
  • Streetwalkers are a venereal roulette wheel, but come a lot cheaper.
  • On the venereal horror front, David Cronenberg's 1977 Rabid was recently released on DVD, complete with director's commentary.
  • For Tancred and Poussin alike, the literal wounds of passion, whether martial or venereal, have been succored by true charity and enduring love.
1.1Relating to venereal disease.
Example sentences
  • These may be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, local or systemic malignancy, venereal infection, trauma, tuberculosis, or chemotherapy.
  • Genital warts, also known as condylomata acuminata or venereal warts, are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • This compounded product is used for chemical peels, actinic keratoses, and venereal warts.

Derivatives

venereally

adverb
Example sentences
  • That has only been recorded once before in the animal world, and that was a venereally transmitted canine cancer.
  • It is the less obvious venereally transmitted bacteria that some specialists denounce as the culprits.
  • Genital infections are spread venereally, and respiratory infections usually by inhalation.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin venereus (from venus, vener- 'sexual love') + -al.

Words that rhyme with venereal

arterial, bacterial, cereal, criterial, ethereal, ferial, funereal, immaterial, imperial, magisterial, managerial, material, ministerial, presbyterial, serial, sidereal, biomaterial

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Syllabification: ve·ne·re·al

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