bejel

bejel

[bej-uhl]
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.

Origin:
1925–30; < Arabic bajl

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bejel

form of endemic (nonvenereal) syphilis occurring among Bedouin tribes and elsewhere in the Middle East.

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