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syphilis Syllabification: syph·i·lis
Pronunciation: /ˈsif(ə)ləs/

Definition of syphilis in English:


A chronic bacterial disease that is contracted chiefly by infection during sexual intercourse, but also congenitally by infection of a developing fetus.
Example sentences
  • Screening tests for herpes simplex virus and syphilis were negative.
  • Other less common but serious infections are also checked for, including HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B.
  • We did not identify any new cases of HIV infection or syphilis.


Pronunciation: /ˌsif(ə)ˈlidik/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Other sites include stasis ulcers, decubitus ulcers, granuloma inguinale, syphilitic lesions, and smallpox vaccination scars.
  • It was used as a device to cover syphilitic pustules and gonorrhoeal warts in the genital area.
  • Syphilis is passed from person to person by direct contact with a syphilitic ulcer.


Early 18th century: modern Latin, from Syphilis, sive Morbus Gallicus, the title of a Latin poem (1530), from the name of the character Syphilus, the supposed first sufferer of the disease.

Words that rhyme with syphilis

annus horribilis
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