[ bej-uh l ]
/ ˈbɛdʒ əl /
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
First recorded in 1925–30, bejel is from the Arabic word bajl
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