bejel

noun

bej·​el ˈbej-əl How to pronounce bejel (audio)
: a disease that is endemic chiefly in children of dry hot regions of northern Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, is marked by bone and skin lesions, and is caused by a spirochete of the genus Treponema (T. endemicum) closely related to the causative agent of syphilis

called also endemic syphilis

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“Bejel.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/bejel. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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