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Gonorrhea, acute infectious disease of the mucous membranes lining the urethra, cervix of the uterus, and rectum, which may spread bacteria in the bloodstream. The disease is usually spread by sexual contact. Gonorrhea causes inflammation of the genital organs and urethra and, if untreated, sterility. The treatment is antibiotics, especially penicillin

See also: Venereal disease.

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