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noun. ['ˈsɪfəlɪs'] a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta).
Rhymes with Tertiary Syphilis
adjective. ['ˈtɝːʃɝi, ˈtɝːʃiːˌɛri'] coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position.