One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A contagious and usually painful wart on the sole of the foot; a plantar wart.
growth, lump, swelling, protuberance, carbuncle, boil, blister, corn, tumour, excrescenceView synonyms
- ‘This causes verrucas to grow back into the skin, which can be painful.’
- ‘Warts aren't normally painful, although verrucas (warts on the feet) can sometimes hurt.’
- ‘Other common and treatable problems include verrucas and ingrown toenails.’
- ‘What other time do you think I have the social space to file down my verrucas?’
- ‘We would even draw verrucas on our feet with felt tip to get out of the weekly ordeal.’
- 1.1 (in medical use) a wart of any kind.
- ‘Candida antigen can be used on most verrucae, particularly plantar warts.’
- ‘Previous treatments included multiple excisions and topical agents for verruca vulgaris, which produced only limited improvement.’
- ‘For example, public swimming pools are a common place to catch verrucas.’
- ‘Treatment of verrucae vulgares is sometimes difficult and invasive methods should not be used for young children.’
- ‘For more information on warts and verrucas, please see the separate BUPA factsheet.’
Late Middle English: from Latin.
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