A disease that is transmitted sexually, such as syphilis, gonhorrea, chlamydia, or genital herpes. This term was very common until the advent of the 1990s, when medical professionals began preferring the term sexually transmitted disease, or STD.
They rarely use the term venereal disease anymore, because it sounds like a singular disease rather than one of any number of sexually transmitted diseases. So instead of saying "Joe has VD," now we say "Joe has an STD."
by pbm19 July 10, 2008
Can you define these popular missing words?
a sexually transmitted disease that i gave to a six-year-old girl
She's a six year old child with a venereal disease, and she certainly didn't get it from me.
by GuidoPosse69 January 28, 2005