wheal

[ hweel, weel ]
/ ʰwil, wil /

noun

a small, burning or itching swelling on the skin, as from a mosquito bite or from hives.
a wale or welt.

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Origin of wheal

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

wheal
/ (wiːl) /

noun

a variant spelling of weal 1
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Medical definitions for wheal

wheal
[ wēl ]

n.

A small swelling on the skin, as from an insect bite, that usually itches or burns.welt
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