A sexually transmitted disease caused by gonococcal bacteria that affects the mucous membrane chiefly of the genital and urinary tracts and is characterized by an acute purulent discharge and painful or difficult urination, though women often have no symptoms.
[Greek gonorrhoia, flow of seed (from the mistaken belief that the discharge contained semen) : gono-, gono- + -rhoia, -rrhea.]
gon′or·rheal, gon′or·rheic adj.
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