1. [ noun ] (medicine,sexuality) a common venereal disease caused by the Treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
Synonyms: syph syphilis
Related terms: venereal_disease tertiary_syphilis primary_syphilis tabes_dorsalis secondary_syphilis neurosyphilis chancre
2. [ noun ] (medicine) a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks
Related terms: contagious_disease smallpox cowpox chickenpox
Similar spelling:   Pok