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nonvenereal syphilis


Definition: syphilis caused by organisms closely related to Treponema pallidum; spread by personal, although not necessarily venereal, contact; usually acquired in childhood, most common in areas of poverty and overcrowding; rare in the U.S.; includes yaws, pinta, and bejel.

Synonym(s): endemic syphilis

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