ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: luetic

luetic  (lo͞o ĕt′ ĭk)
adj.: Relating to syphilis, caused by it, or suffering from it.
noun: A person who has syphilis.

Etymology:  Latin, lues, plague.

Lues was an old name for syphilis.

The name 'syphilis' was invented by Doctor Girolamo Fracastoro, in the early 1500s.  Why he chose the name is unknown.

As far as I can tell, the name 'syphilis' predates 'lues' by about 100 years. 
Tags: adjective, l, latin, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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