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Definition of wart 

1a : 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 : an excrescence or protuberance resembling a true wart especially : a glandular excrescence or hardened protuberance on a plant

3a : one that suggests a wart especially in smallness, unpleasantness, or unattractiveness

b : defect, imperfection often used in the phrase warts and all

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Other Words from wart

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

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Those throat warts can lead to symptoms like vocal changes, difficulty speaking, or shortness of breath, according to the CDC. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Do I Lower the Risk of Getting an STI During Oral Sex?," 9 May 2018 But those warts are more easily concealed when Nola and Arrieta are your top two starters. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies' young rotation eager to learn from Jake Arrieta," 12 Mar. 2018 Psychodermatologists use various therapy techniques, including psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and, yes, hypnosis, to treat acne, eczema, hair loss, warts, psoriasis, and other visible skin issues. Sarah Ban, SELF, "I Tried Hypnosis for Insomnia. Then My Skin Cleared Up.," 1 Apr. 2018 Mann loves the mistakes, warts, and chanciness of collodion printing. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone," 12 July 2018 Park it in an underground garage, and the nose sticks out like hair on a wart. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Nissan Titan XD is a diesel beast of a truck," 5 July 2018 Doctors determined that the wandering wart was actually a marauding parasite, likely transmitted by a mosquito bite on her trip. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Selfies show worm slithered through woman’s face for 2 weeks," 22 June 2018 But the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts is also highlighting the hidden warts, adding signs to its portrait collection illuminating many of the subjects’ deep connections with slavery, reports Maria Garcia at WBUR. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Museum Ties Portraits of the Wealthy to Their Slaveholding Pasts," 21 June 2018 But the offensive warts were hard to hide Friday when the pitching failed. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Nick Pivetta chased early in Phillies' listless loss to Giants," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of wart

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wart

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

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English Language Learners Definition of wart

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

: a defect or fault


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Kids Definition of wart

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


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Medical Definition of wart 

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

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