: a suddenly formed elevation of the skin surface : welt
especially : a flat burning or itching eminence on the skin

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Why does a wheal develop after the monkeypox vaccine? Maggie O'neill, SELF, 26 Aug. 2022 The wheal was big enough that many allergists might have simply diagnosed it as a peanut allergy. Alice Callahan, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020

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Word History


alteration of wale entry 1

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wheal was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Wheal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheal. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

: a suddenly formed elevation of the skin surface: as
: welt
especially : a flat burning or itching eminence on the skin
: the transient lump occurring at the site of injection of a solution before the solution is normally dispersed

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