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bejel

[ bej-uhl ]
/ ˈbɛdʒ əl /
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noun Pathology.
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.
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Origin of bejel

First recorded in 1925–30, bejel is from the Arabic word bajl
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