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wart

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noun \ˈwȯrt\

Simple Definition of wart

  • : a small, hard lump on the skin caused by a virus

  • : a defect or fault

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wart

  1. 1 a :  a horny projection on the skin usually of the extremities produced by proliferation of the skin papillae and caused by any of numerous human papillomaviruses —called also verruca vulgaris b :  any of numerous similar skin lesions not caused by viruses

  2. 2 :  an excrescence or protuberance resembling a true wart; especially :  a glandular excrescence or hardened protuberance on a plant

  3. 3 a :  one that suggests a wart especially in smallness, unpleasantness, or unattractiveness b :  defect, imperfection —often used in the phrase warts and all

warted play \ˈwȯr-təd\ adjective
wartless play \ˈwȯrt-ləs\ adjective
warty play \ˈwȯr-tē\ adjective

Origin of wart

Middle English, from Old English wearte; akin to Old High German warza wart, Old Church Slavic vrědŭ injury


First Known Use: before 12th century


WART Defined for Kids

wart

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noun \ˈwȯrt\

Definition of wart for Students

  1. :  a small hard lump of thickened skin caused by a virus




Medical Dictionary

wart

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noun \ˈwȯ(ə)rt\

Medical Definition of wart

  1. 1:  a horny projection on the skin usually of the extremities produced by proliferation of the skin papillae and caused by any of numerous genotypes of the human papillomavirus—see flat wart, genital wart, plantar wart, verruca vulgaris

  2. 2:  any of numerous warty skin lesions not caused by human papillomaviruses




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