"What is syphilis?
"Syph" "The Pox" or "Bad Blood"
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is found around the world. In the United States it is more widespread in parts of the south."
in American English
old-fashioned, sometimes offensive
a chronic infectious disease, caused by a spirochete, Treponema pallidum, usually venereal in origin but often congenital, and affecting almost any organ or tissue in the body, especially the genitals, skin, mucous membranes, aorta, brain, liver, bones, and nerves; syphilis"
"The Italians called it ‘the French disease’ and the French called it ‘the Neapolitan disease’. The Russians knew it as ‘the Polish disease’ and the Poles called it ‘the German disease’. To the people of Flanders and North Africa it was ‘the Spanish disease’, while to the Spanish it was known as ‘las bubas’. The British called it ‘the pox’, but you will know it as syphilis."