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Noun: syphilis  si-fu-lis
  1. A common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
    - syph [informal], pox, lues venerea, lues

Derived forms: syphilises

Type of: Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, dose, sexually transmitted disease, social disease, STD, VD, venereal disease, venereal infection, Venus's curse

Encyclopedia: Syphilis, cardiovascular