a. Transmitted by sexual intercourse.
b. Of or relating to a sexually transmitted disease.
2. Of or relating to sexual intercourse.
3. Of or relating to the genitals.
[Middle English venerealle, from Latin venereus, from venus, vener-, desire, love; see wen-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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