genital wart


Definition of genital wart

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Cervical cancer could soon be a disease of the past," 12 Feb. 2020 With just one vaccine, physicians can prevent 90% of cervical and anal cancers and genital warts, Medani said. Mary Grace Keller,, "Women should be screened for more than just breast cancer, local expert says," 15 Oct. 2019 Today, the plant is used in medicines that treat genital warts, which are a precursor to cancer, and as a treatment for some cancers. Cindy Dampier,, "Cannabis isn’t the only game in town — medicinal plants that cure headaches and fight cancer can be found in Chicago’s oldest medicinal garden," 25 July 2019 Although genital warts can go away on their own, seeing a doctor can get rid of them faster. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "The 8 Most (and Least) Likely Reasons You Have a Bump Near Your Vagina," 2 July 2019 Waxing and shaving could also irritate the skin and trigger an HPV, or genital wart, outbreak in a person who already has the virus. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, "'Extreme' personal grooming isn't linked to increased risk of STIs," 4 Sep. 2019 The study, reported the BBC, seemed to show that cases of genital warts fell considerably in young men and women over 30. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "End cervical cancer? The HPV vaccine could do it, study suggests," 27 June 2019 Gardasil 9, which is the one that protects against nine strains of HPV — seven high-risk and the two that cause genital warts — is now approved from ages 9 to 45. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The Vagina Bible: This feminist gynecologist wants you to know your body and fight the patriarchy," 14 Aug. 2019 Sometimes, genital warts disappear all on their own. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Does HPV Go Away on Its Own or Does It Stick Around Forever?," 8 Aug. 2019

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Genital wart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of genital wart

: 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., Summer 2005

called also condyloma, condyloma acuminatum, venereal wart

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