YAWS, n. A severe cutaneous disease, which is indigenous in Africa, and from Africa it has been introduced into the West Indies. It is said to be so named form yaw, a raspberry. It is propagated solely by the infection of the matter of the pustules, applied to a part of the body where the skin is broken. It affects a person but once.
YAWS, n. [African yaw, a raspberry.]
A disease called, by Good, Rubula, from rubus, a raspberry. It is characterized by cutaneous tumors numerous and successive; gradually increasing from specks to the size of a raspberry; one, at length, growing larger than the rest; core a fungous excrescence; fever slight, and probably irritative merely. It is commonly supposed to be contagious, and to occur but once during life; but, both of these points are doubtful. It is sometimes called frambœsia, a barbarous name derived from the French framboise, a raspberry. There are two varieties of this disease, which differ considerably; the one occurring in Africa, the other in America. It is scarcely known in Europe. – Good.
- 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&oelig]sia, pian,
verrugas, and crab-yaws.