genital wart

noun

: a wart on the skin or adjoining mucous membrane on or near the genital organs or the anus and caused by any of several human papillomaviruses

Examples of genital wart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said among teenage girls, HPV infections that cause most HPV cancers and genital warts have dropped 88%. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 For example, genital warts can be managed by topical ointments, cryotherapy, or can be removed via surgery. Emilia Benton, Men's Health, 31 July 2023 However, high-risk strains can cause cancers, and low-risk strains can cause genital warts. Brandi Jones, Msn-Ed Rn-Bc, Verywell Health, 11 May 2023 Many women diagnosed with cervical cancer also had genital warts caused by HPV. Brian Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2023 While some strains of HPV come and go without symptoms, some can cause cancer, while others can cause genital warts. Brandi Jones, Msn-Ed Rn-Bc, Verywell Health, 11 May 2023 But the low-risk strains can cause genital warts, while the high-risk strains can lead to cervical cancer, oral cancers, anal cancer, and rarer forms of genital cancers. Claire Lampen, Men's Health, 1 May 2023 Downregulation of Sonic Hedgehog signaling was found to promote genital warts. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Apr. 2023 According to the Centers for Disease Control, since the HPV vaccine was introduced, the kinds of HPV infections that lead to cancer and genital warts have dropped by 86 percent among teen girls in the U.S. Popular Science, 12 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of genital wart was in 1881

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“Genital wart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genital%20wart. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

genital wart

noun
: a wart on the skin or adjoining mucous membrane usually on or near the genital organs or the anus and caused by the human papillomavirus
The "magic bullet" on the horizon is a vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus which not only causes genital warts but is the leading cause of cervical cancer.Mary Jane Horton, Ms.

called also condyloma, condyloma acuminatum, venereal wart

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