((gŏn´ə-rēʹə) noun. gonorea A sexually transmitted disease caused by gonococcal bacteria that affects the mucous membrane chiefly of the genital and urinary tracts and is characterized by an acute purulent discharge and painful or difficult urination, though women often have no symptoms. [Late Latin, spermatorrhea, from Greek gonorrhoia : gono-, gono- + -rhoia, -rrhea.] - gonorrheal or gonorrheic adjective. .