The pox, or venereal disease; a chronic, specific, infectious disease, usually communicated by sexual intercourse or by hereditary transmission, and occurring in three stages known as primary, secondary, and tertiary syphilis. See under Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary.
A treatable bacterial infection that can spread throughout the body and affect the heart, brain, nerves. Also known as "syph". Learn the signs of syphilis infection and find out about syphilis treatment.