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bejel

[bej-uh l] /ˈbɛdʒ əl/
noun, Pathology
1.
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
1925-1930
1925-30; < Arabic bajl
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form of endemic (nonvenereal) syphilis occurring among Bedouin tribes and elsewhere in the Middle East.

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