Origin of Syphilis
New Latin from Syphilis, sive Morbus Gallicus “Syphilis, or the French Disease,” title of a poem by Girolamo Fracastoro (1478?–1553) from Syphilus the poem's protagonist
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Modern Latin, originally the title of a poem by Girolamo Fracastoro concerning "Syphilus", the supposed first sufferer of the disease.
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