yaws

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction \ˈyȯz\

Definition of yaws

  1. :  a contagious tropical disease especially of children caused by a spirochete (Treponema pertenue) closely resembling the causative agent of syphilis and marked by infectious ulcerative skin lesions with later bone involvement —called also frambesia

Origin and Etymology of yaws

probably from an English-based creole of the Caribbean


First Known Use: 1679


Medical Dictionary

yaws

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈyȯz\

Medical Definition of yaws

  1. :  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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