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yaws

[ yawz ]
/ yɔz /
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noun (used with a singular verb)Pathology.
an infectious, nonvenereal tropical disease, primarily of children, characterized by raspberrylike eruptions of the skin and caused by a spirochete,Treponema pertenue, that is closely related to the agent of syphilis.
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Also called frambesia, pian.
Compare mother yaw.

Origin of yaws

From Carib, dating back to 1670–80; see origin at -s3

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British Dictionary definitions for yaws

yaws
/ (jɔːz) /

noun
(usually functioning as singular) an infectious nonvenereal disease of tropical climates with early symptoms resembling syphilis, characterized by red skin eruptions and, later, pain in the joints: it is caused by the spiral bacterium Treponema pertenueAlso called: framboesia

Word Origin for yaws

C17: of Carib origin
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Scientific definitions for yaws

yaws
[ yôz ]

A highly contagious tropical disease that chiefly affects children, caused by the spirochete Treponema pertenue and characterized by raspberrylike sores, especially on the hands, feet, and face.
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