[ wawrt ]
/ wɔrt /


a small, often hard, abnormal elevation on the skin, usually caused by a papomavirus.
any small protuberance, as on the surface of certain plants, the skin of certain animals, etc.
any unattractive detrimental feature or aspect: The biography presents the full story of the prime minister's political career, warts and all.

Origin of wart

before 900; Middle English; Old English wearte; cognate with German Warze, Old Norse varta; akin to Latin verrūca wart


wart·ed, adjectivewart·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wart

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Also called: verruca pathol any firm abnormal elevation of the skin caused by a virus
botany a small rounded outgrowth
warts and all with all blemishes evident

Derived forms of wart

warted, adjectivewartlike, adjectivewarty, adjective

Word Origin for wart

Old English weart (e); related to Old High German warza, Old Norse varta
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Medical definitions for wart

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A hard, rough lump that grows on the skin and is caused by infection with certain viruses; it typically occurs on the hands or feet.verruca verruga
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Scientific definitions for wart

[ wôrt ]

A small growth on the skin caused by a virus, occurring typically on the hands or feet.
A similar growth on a plant, especially one caused by a fungal disease.
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