Definition of lues in English:

lues

(also lues venerea)

noun

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  • [mass noun] A serious infectious disease, particularly syphilis.

    • ‘On the other hand, I readily admit the influence of a milder form of lues venerea.’
    • ‘The lues venerea can only be said to be incurable when the disease is got to that deplorable point by neglect, that the emaciated and hectic state of the patient's constitution forbids the use of mercury.’
    • ‘Congenital lues up to the time of puberty may simulate acute articular rheumatism.’
    plague, bubonic plague, the black death
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin, literally plague.

Pronunciation

lues

/ˈl(j)uːiːz/