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Definition of "yaws" []

  • A highly contagious tropical disease that chiefly affects children, caused by the spirochete Treponema pertenue and characterized by raspberrylike sores, especially on the hands, feet, and face. Also called frambesia. (noun-plural)
  • An infectious nonvenereal disease of tropical climates with early symptoms resembling syphilis, characterized by red skin eruptions and, later, pain in the joints: it is caused by the spiral bacterium Treponema pertenue (noun)

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Use "yaws" in a sentence
  • "You must ask your examining surgeon if he is acquainted with the distemper of the yaws, which is the virus of"
  • "The cousin diseased causes yaws which is an infection caused by a sub-species of the same bacteria."
  • "Mr Hayward said there were two curved friction marks, or "yaws", on the road where the car had spun out before hitting the barrier and coming to a rest on its side."