[ yawz ]
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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.
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Origin of yaws

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

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British Dictionary definitions for yaws

/ (jɔːz) /

(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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Medical definitions for yaws

[ yôz ]

An infectious tropical disease caused by Treponema pertenue, characterized by the development of crusted granulomatous ulcers on the extremities that may cause bone and joint destruction in later stages of the disease.boubas bubas frambesia granuloma tropicum pian rupia
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Scientific definitions for 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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