Definitions for: Pox


[n] a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks
[n] a common venereal disease caused by the Treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)



Webster (1913) Definition: Pox, n. [For pocks, OE. pokkes. See Pock. It is plural
in form but is used as a singular.] (Med.)
Strictly, a disease by pustules or eruptions of any kind, but
chiefly or wholly restricted to three or four diseases, --
the smallpox, the chicken pox, and the vaccine and the
venereal diseases.

Note: Pox, when used without an epithet, as in imprecations,
formerly signified smallpox; but it now signifies
syphilis.


Pox, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Poxed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Poxing.]
To infect with the pox, or syphilis.

Synonyms: syph, syphilis

See Also: chancre, chickenpox, contagion, contagious disease, Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, neurosyphilis, primary syphilis, secondary syphilis, sexually transmitted disease, smallpox, social disease, tertiary syphilis, varicella, variola, VD, venereal disease, Venus's curse

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