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Definition of syphilis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

syphilis

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈsɪfələs//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a disease that gets worse over a period of time, spreading from the sexual organs to the skin, bones, muscles, and brain. It is caught by having sex with an infected person.
NAmE//ˌsɪfəˈlɪt̮ɪk//
 
adjective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: syphilis