Medical Dictionary


noun pl but singular or pl in constr \ˈyz\

Medical Definition of YAWS

:  an infectious contagious tropical disease that is caused by a spirochete of the genus Treponema (T. pertenue) and that is characterized by a primary ulcerating lesion on the skin followed by a secondary stage in which ulcers develop all over the body and by a third stage in which the bones are involved—called also frambesia, pian
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