wheal

[hweel, weel]
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Also weal.

Origin of wheal

before 900; akin to whelk2 and to obsolete wheal (v.), Old English hwelian to suppurate, develop wheals
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wheal

noun
  1. a variant spelling of weal 1
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Word Origin and History for wheal
n.

"mark made on the skin by a whip," 1808, perhaps an alteration of wale, possibly by confusion with weal "welt," and obsolete wheal "pimple, pustule" (mid-15c.), from Old English verb hwelian "to form pus, bring to a head."

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wheal in Medicine

wheal

[wēl]
n.
  1. A small swelling on the skin, as from an insect bite, that usually itches or burns.welt
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