Definition of verruca in English:



  • 1A contagious and usually painful wart on the sole of the foot; a plantar wart.

    • ‘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.’
    growth, lump, swelling, protuberance, carbuncle, boil, blister, corn, tumour, excrescence
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    1. 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.