wart

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noun \ˈwȯrt\

Definition of wart

  1. 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 vulgarisb :  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. 3a :  one that suggests a wart especially in smallness, unpleasantness, or unattractivenessb :  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

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Origin and Etymology of wart

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


WART Defined for English Language Learners

wart

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Definition of wart for English Language Learners

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

  • : a defect or fault


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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