One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A raised growth on the skin resembling a wart, typically in the genital region, caused by viral infection or syphilis and transmissible by contact.
- ‘Genital warts, also known as condylomata acuminata or venereal warts, are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted diseases.’
- ‘Gray or white wart-like patches of skin called condylomata lata can appear on the moist areas around the anus and vagina.’
- ‘They cause localized hyperproliferations manifested most commonly as skin warts or as mucosal condylomata.’
- ‘The finding of genital warts or condylomata acuminata in a child older than two years who gives no history of sexual contact is listed in my revised classification scale as indicating ‘possible’ abuse.’
- ‘Look for herpetic lesions, condylomas, and lacerations.’
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek kondulōma ‘callous lump’, from kondulos ‘knuckle’.
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