gangosa


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gan·go·sa

(gang-gō'să),
A destructive ulceration beginning on the soft palate and extending to the hard palate, nasopharynx, and nose, resulting in mutilating cicatrices. The disease, so far as is known, occurs only in certain portions of the tropics, especially the islands of the Pacific, and is generally regarded as a sequel to yaws.
[Sp. gangoso, snuffling]

gangosa

(găng-gō′să) [Sp. gangosa, muffled voice]
Ulceration of the nose and hard palate, seen in the late stage of yaws, leishmaniasis, or leprosy.

gangosa

The grotesque facial mutilation sometimes caused by untreated late YAWS, in which the nose and upper lip are destroyed so that the mouth and nasal orifice become a single open cavity.