bejel

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bej·el

 (bĕj′əl)
n.
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.

[Colloquial Arabic bajal.]
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Moreover, whites who recorded these diseases among Aboriginals in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries knew nothing about related indigenous diseases, such as yaws and non-venereal endemic syphilis, which they may have mistaken for venereal syphilis.
It contains, for example, very informative passages on indigenous treponemal infections, particularly non-venereal endemic syphilis, so misunderstood by early European observers who confused it with introduced venereal syphilis and gonorrhoea.