Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various gram-negative, coccoid microorganisms of the genus Chlamydia, especially C. psittaci and C. trachomatis, that are pathogenic to humans and other animals, causing conjunctivitis in cattle and sheep and trachoma, urethritis, and proctitis in humans.
  • n. Any of several common, often asymptomatic, sexually transmitted diseases caused by the microorganism Chlamydia trachomatis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several common, often asymptomatic, sexually transmitted diseases caused by the microorganism Chlamydia trachomatis.
  • n. Any of various coccoid microorganisms of the genus Chlamydia that are pathogenic to humans and other animals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a coccoid rickettsia which may infect birds and mammals; it causes infections of eyes and lungs and the genitourinary tract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. coccoid rickettsia infesting birds and mammals; cause infections of eyes and lungs and genitourinary tract
  • n. a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria of the genus Chlamydia

Etymologies

New Latin, genus name, from Latin chlamys, chlamyd-, mantle; see chlamys.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin from Ancient Greek χλαμίδιον (khlamidion, "small cloak"), from χλαμύς (khlamys, "cloak"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You know that if he did do something like that again that he might not just give you chlamydia, which is something we can treat.

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  • Current guidelines recommend screening sexually active women who are age twenty-five and under every year for chlamydia, which is very common and may cause serious health problems if not treated.

    OUR BODIES, OURSELVES

  • The CDC calls chlamydia a hidden epidemic that affects millions of unwitting women, despite the fact it can easily be cured with antibiotics.

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  • Money already works, after all, with one-off bungs for things such as chlamydia screening, vaccinations, keeping appointments.

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  • And I find that the definition REV very lacking in terms of the mass terror or "military" purpose and motivation of these rapes: "Rape with extreme violence, as evidenced in the DRC today, is implemented in three ways: (i) gang rape, usually by three or more men, leading to a high risk of injury; (ii) genital mutilation; and (iii) intentional transmission of sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and HIV."

    Dr Denis Mukwege publishes a monograph on sexual terrorism in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

  • In addition to HIV, the incidence of other sexually-transmitted infections such as chlamydia and syphilis is also on the rise according the Center's study.

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  • Common venereal infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, can leave behind scar tissue that blocks the epididymis.

    INFERTILITY: A GUY THING

  • The lesions caused by other sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, make people more susceptible to HIV.

    Fighting The Disease: What Can Be Done

  • Sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, which are on the upswing, can cause or contribute to infertility.

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  • Sexually transmitted infections, again, everybody knows they're bad, but diseases such as chlamydia can really have an impact on fertility.

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2001

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  • Twin sister to gonorrhea. An excellent name for a dog, as when you take it for a run in the park and it disappears, you can bellow "Klah -mih -- dee -- yah!" (lovely clear vowels) and be reasonably certain that there won't be lots of other dogs with the same name bounding up, which would not be the case had you named your mutt Fido.

    December 29, 2008

  • seinfeld?

    April 30, 2008