Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) coccoid rickettsia infesting birds and mammals; cause infections of eyes and lungs and genitourinary tract
  2. (noun, state) a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria of the genus Chlamydia

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Chlamydia

  1. "genital infection," 1984, from name of bacteria (1945), from Gk. khlamys "mantle" (gen. khlamydos). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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