Medical Term:

yaws

Pronunciation: yawz

Definition: An infectious tropical disease caused by Treponema pertenue and characterized by the development of crusted granulomatous ulcers on the extremities; may involve bone, but, unlike syphilis, does not produce central nervous system or cardiovascular pathology.

Synonym(s): boubas, frambesia tropica, granuloma tropicum, mycosis framboesioides, pian, zymotic papilloma

[of Caribbean origin; similar to Calinago yaya, the disease]

See Also: nonvenereal syphilis

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