Bejel Definition

A nonvenereal form of syphilis that is endemic primarily among children in the Middle East and North Africa, characterized by mouth and skin lesions and destruction of long bone tissue, and caused by a strain of the spirochete Treponema pallidum that is transmitted by mouth-to-mouth contact or shared utensils.
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Origin of Bejel

  • Colloquial Arabic bajal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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