What is pox?

  • (noun): A common venereal disease caused by the Treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta).
    Synonyms: syphilis, syph
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "pox":

  • (noun): A contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks.

Famous quotes containing the word pox:

    So, when my days of impotence approach,
    And I’m by pox and wine’s unlucky chance
    Forced from the pleasing billows of debauch
    On the dull shore of lazy temperance,
    My pains at least some respite shall afford
    While I behold the battles you maintain
    When fleets of glasses sail about the board,
    From whose broadsides volleys of wit shall rain.
    John Wilmot, 2d Earl Of Rochester (1647–1680)

    A pox of this gout! or a gout of this pox! for the one or the
    other plays the rogue with my great toe.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    The inconveniences and horrors of the pox are perfectly well known to every one; but still the disease flourishes and spreads. Several million people were killed in a recent war and half the world ruined; but we all busily go on in courses that make another event of the same sort inevitable. Experientia docet? Experientia doesn’t.
    Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)