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Meaning of YAWS

Pronunciation:  yoz

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an infectious tropical disease resembling syphilis in its early stages; marked by red skin eruptions and ulcerating lesions

YAWS is a 4 letter word that starts with Y.


 Synonyms: frambesia, framboesia
 See Also: infectious disease



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Yaws\, n. [African yaw a raspberry.] (Med.)
A disease, occurring in the Antilles and in Africa,
characterized by yellowish or reddish tumors, of a contagious
character, which, in shape and appearance, often resemble
currants, strawberries, or raspberries. There are several
varieties of this disease, variously known as {framb[oe]sia},
{pian}, {verrugas}, and {crab-yaws}.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Yaws is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium related to syphilis, although yaws is not sexually transmitted. It is characterized by lesions on the skin, mucous membranes and bone.