yaws


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yaws

 (yôz)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
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.

[From American Spanish yaya, sore, from Carib yaya, disease.]

yaws

(jɔːz)
n
(Pathology) (usually functioning as singular) 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. Also called: framboesia
[C17: of Carib origin]

yaws

(yɔz)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
an infectious tropical disease, primarily of children, characterized by raspberrylike eruptions of the skin and caused by a spirochete, Treponema pertenue. Also called frambesia.
[1670–80; < Jamaican Creole]
yaw′ey, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yaws - an infectious tropical disease resembling syphilis in its early stagesyaws - an infectious tropical disease resembling syphilis in its early stages; marked by red skin eruptions and ulcerating lesions
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
Translations

yaws

n singFrambösie f

yaws

n pian m, frambesia
References in classic literature ?
It's the first foul wind I ever knew to blow from astern; but look, did ever whale yaw so before?
Suddenly the schooner in front of me gave a violent yaw, turning, perhaps, through twenty degrees; and almost at the same moment one shout followed another from on board; I could hear feet pounding on the companion ladder and I knew that the two drunkards had at last been interrupted in their quarrel and awakened to a sense of their disaster.
Raise a few feet of that all but invisible plate three-eighths of an inch and she will yaw five miles to port or starboard ere she is under control again.
Just in time I blow my horn, and your boat she yaw a little.
If this organism is a common cause of skin ulcers in the region, this factor has crucial implications for the yaws eradication strategy.
In a critical comparison, Harper's team also examined a never-before studied strain of yaws obtained by medical workers from two members of a relatively isolated foraging group in Guyana.
Today, more than 500 000 are afflicted by yaws, which is caused by a spiral bacteria that penetrates through a cut in the victim's skin resulting in bumps that burst, ulcerate and spread over the victim's body.