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Definitions for chlamydia
kləˈmɪd i ə; -ˈmɪd iˌichlamy·di·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chlamydianoun

    a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria of the genus Chlamydia

  2. chlamydianoun

    coccoid rickettsia infesting birds and mammals; cause infections of eyes and lungs and genitourinary tract


  1. chlamydianoun

    Any of several common, often asymptomatic, sexually transmitted diseases caused by the microorganism Chlamydia trachomatis.

  2. chlamydianoun

    Any of various coccoid microorganisms of the genus Chlamydia that are pathogenic to humans and other animals.

  3. Etymology: from χλαμίδιον, from χλαμύς.


  1. Chlamydia

    Chlamydia, or more specifically a chlamydia infection, is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Most people who are infected have no symptoms. When symptoms do appear they may occur only several weeks after infection; the incubation period between exposure and being able to infect others is thought to be on the order of two to six weeks. Symptoms in women may include vaginal discharge or burning with urination. Symptoms in men may include discharge from the penis, burning with urination, or pain and swelling of one or both testicles. The infection can spread to the upper genital tract in women, causing pelvic inflammatory disease, which may result in future infertility or ectopic pregnancy.Chlamydia infections can occur in other areas besides the genitals, including the anus, eyes, throat, and lymph nodes. Repeated chlamydia infections of the eyes that go without treatment can result in trachoma, a common cause of blindness in the developing world.Chlamydia can be spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex, and can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth. The eye infections may also be spread by personal contact, flies, and contaminated towels in areas with poor sanitation. Infection by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis only occurs in humans. Diagnosis is often by screening which is recommended yearly in sexually active women under the age of twenty-five, others at higher risk, and at the first prenatal visit. Testing can be done on the urine or a swab of the cervix, vagina, or urethra. Rectal or mouth swabs are required to diagnose infections in those areas.Prevention is by not having sex, the use of condoms, or having sex with only one other person, who is not infected. Chlamydia can be cured by antibiotics with typically either azithromycin or doxycycline being used. Erythromycin or azithromycin is recommended in babies and during pregnancy. Sexual partners should also be treated, and infected people should be advised not to have sex for seven days and until symptom free. Gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV should be tested for in those who have been infected. Following treatment people should be tested again after three months.Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, affecting about 4.2% of women and 2.7% of men worldwide. In 2015, about 61 million new cases occurred globally. In the United States about 1.4 million cases were reported in 2014. Infections are most common among those between the ages of 15 and 25 and are more common in women than men. In 2015 infections resulted in about 200 deaths. The word chlamydia is from the Greek χλαμύδα, meaning "cloak".


  1. chlamydia

    Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease, caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It can infect both men and women and principally affects the urethra and reproductive system. Symptoms could include abnormal genital discharge and pain during urination, but often there are no symptoms. Left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems such as infertility. Preventative measures include using condoms and having routine screenings. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Chlamydia

    A genus of the family CHLAMYDIACEAE whose species cause a variety of diseases in vertebrates including humans, mice, and swine. Chlamydia species are gram-negative and produce glycogen. The type species is CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chlamydia in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chlamydia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of chlamydia in a Sentence

  1. Mark Krockenberger:

    All that leads to poor chlamydia response. It gets them from low grade chlamydia infections to more serious disease, that's what we're doing to them. And we're doing it on all fronts.

  2. Katherine Belov:

    With time, we will get to really understand why some animals recover from chlamydia and why others don't, and that will help us develop therapies to treat koalas.

  3. Mark Lawton:

    We are already seeing resistance to mycoplasma genitalium because we are using antibiotics that treat chlamydia very well but doesn't treat mycoplasma very well.

  4. Hunter Handsfield:

    There are 1.7 million cases of chlamydia in the United States, and we know that rates are higher in women than men. And we also know more than half of the women who get infected with chlamydia had only a single sexual partner in the last year.

  5. Hunter Handsfield:

    Maybe there's a little discharge, a little itch, it's easy for a woman to think it's a yeast infection and self-treat while the chlamydia is climbing up into her fallopian tubes.

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