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bejel

[bej-uh l] /ˈbɛdʒ əl/
noun, Pathology.
1.
a nonvenereal syphilis occurring mainly among children in certain subtropical areas of southern Africa and southeastern Asia, caused by the spirochete strain Treponema pallidum endemicum.
Origin of bejel
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30, bejel is from the Arabic word bajl
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