where did the word 'venereal' originate from?

This is related to medicine.The meaning is sexually transmitted diseases

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  • 1 decade ago
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    venereal (ven-e'-re-al) [Latin. venereus- from venus, goddess of love] Pertaining to or caused and propagated by sexual intercourse. venereal disease-gonorrhea, non-specific urethritis, syphilis and soft sore. Venereal disease is now known as sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infections (STI). Please see the webpage for more details on STD.

    Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venereal Pocket Medical Dictionary by Nancy Roper.
  • brook
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Venereal Etymology

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    Actually, the one you referred to was an acronym from England years ago when venereal diseases were rampant. In order to try to slow the spread of these diseases, it was decreed that people shouldn't have sex unless they got approval. It was generally newlyweds who would apply for & receive this approval, at which time they would get a sign they could place on their houses stating "Fornication Under Consent of the King". How that acronym got to be a "curse word" as opposed to the terms having sex or making love is probably related to the fact that the acronym was a short word that could used as an expletive.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Middle English venerealle, from Latin venereus, from venus, vener-, desire, love

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  • When mercury (in salt form) was used to treat STD doctors used to say "one day with Venus , life long with Mercury"

  • MRose
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    From the Greek god of love and sex, Venus. thats where we get veneral, vagina, virgin, etc. (its a latin word origin, since the greeks spoke latin)

    Source(s): im taking a mythology class, and 99.9% of language originates from latin, and the ancients took most meanings from thier gods
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    From the same latin etiology come the word "venal ' which the old catholic church named some serious sins as venal sins. (Some still do)

  • gina
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    From Venus.The goddess of love.It makes sense ,doesn't it?

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