tertiary syphilis


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tertiary syphilis

n.
The final stage of syphilis, following a latent period that may last years, marked by spread of the disease throughout the body including the skin, bones, joints, heart, brain, and spinal cord.
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Noun1.tertiary syphilis - the third stage; characterized by involvement of internal organs especially the brain and spinal cord as well as the heart and liver
lues, lues venerea, pox, syph, syphilis - a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
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Capone, maddened by tertiary syphilis, stands nearby, watching in psychopathic fascination.
The idea that Edward MacDowell died of tertiary syphilis took hold in the 1970s, after Margery Lowens discovered the composer's death certificate, which lists his cause of death as "paresis (dementia paralytica)," understood today as synonymous with tertiary syphilis.
The infection can be cured with antibiotics but can develop into potentially fatal tertiary syphilis if left untreated.
It can progress to tertiary syphilis, causing strokes, paralysis, blindness or death.
His early years were marred by a troubled relationship with his mother, poor academic performance, and the loss of his father, a provincial railroad stationmaster, to tertiary syphilis, when Egon was 14 years old.
Neurosyphilis is regarded as a manifestation of tertiary syphilis, but the spirochete may invade the central nervous system early in the course of infection.
Because primary and secondary syphilis can run their course unnoticed, the risk of latent and deadly tertiary syphilis cannot he ignored.
The account concludes, movingly, with Theo's terrible end, paralytic and insane due to tertiary syphilis, just six months after his brother's.