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[vuh-roo-kuh, ve-]
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noun, plural ver·ru·cae [vuh-roo-see, ve-] /vəˈru si, vɛ-/.
  1. Medicine/Medical. a wart.
  2. Zoology. a small, flattish, wartlike prominence.
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Origin of verruca

First recorded in 1555–65, verruca is from the Latin word verrūca
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  • Verrucae may also be removed by the high frequency spark, or by electrolysis.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • Verrucae are probably contagious, but the pathogenic agent has not been isolated.

British Dictionary definitions for verrucae


noun plural -cae (-siː) or -cas
  1. pathol a wart, esp one growing on the hand or foot
  2. biology a wartlike outgrowth, as in certain plants or on the skin of some animals
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin: wart
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Word Origin and History for verrucae



1560s, from Latin verruca "wart" (see vary).

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verrucae in Medicine


n. pl. ver•ru•cae (-kē)
  1. wart