Definition of wart in English:



  • 1A small, hard, benign growth on the skin, caused by a virus.

    • ‘Molluscum contagiosum and warts are benign epidermal eruptions that result from viral infections of the skin.’
    • ‘Even lesions with clinical changes often are proved to be benign tumors or warts.’
    • ‘The skin cells in the warts releases thousands of viruses, so close skin-to-skin contact can pass on the infection.’
    • ‘Hiccups, heartburn, colds and warts are often treated with remedies passed down from one generation to another.’
    • ‘We have gathered together some of our favorites-from juice concoctions for arthritis to vinegar for warts.’
    • ‘They diagnosed diseases such as warts and hernias.’
    • ‘These benign warts are caused by human papilloma virus; genotypes 6 and 11 are found in over 90% of cases.’
    • ‘Many patients can be infected for example with HPV (human papilloma virus), a virus that can cause warts, but have no symptoms for years.’
    • ‘Cutaneous viral warts are discrete benign epithelial proliferations caused by the human papilloma virus.’
    • ‘Pott suggested that chimney soot contained carcinogens that could cause the growth of the warts seen in scrotal cancer.’
    • ‘Viral warts are common, benign, and usually self limiting skin lesions that occur usually on the hands and feet.’
    • ‘The length of time between when a person is exposed to the virus that causes warts and when a wart appears varies.’
    • ‘When a patient presents with foot pain, bunions, corns or plantar warts, the physician should instruct them in how to choose properly fitting shoes.’
    • ‘Benign skin growths include warts, moles, or corns, which are rarely serious problems.’
    • ‘Some variants of the virus cause warts on the skin.’
    • ‘A wart is a fleshy growth on the skin caused by infection with the human papilloma virus.’
    • ‘Salicylic acid and other wart treatments also destroy healthy skin so it is important to protect the skin around the wart - use petroleum jelly or a corn plaster to cover it.’
    • ‘Almost a hundred different viruses cause warts, which are usually passed from person to person through direct contact.’
    • ‘Candida antigen can be used on most verrucae, particularly plantar warts.’
    • ‘It was used as a device to cover syphilitic pustules and gonorrhoeal warts in the genital area.’
    growth, lump, swelling, protuberance, carbuncle, boil, blister, verruca, corn, tumour, excrescence
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    1. 1.1Any rounded excrescence on the skin of an animal or the surface of a plant.
      ‘the toad possesses a dangerous poison in its large warts’
      • ‘The skin is often decorated with warts and filaments that look like tassels.’
      • ‘But the strange thing was that only a few weeks after the trees had been successfully transplanted, some of the warts had burst open and given birth to clouds of insects.’
      • ‘They have no noseleaf, but they do have small warts on their noses above their nostrils.’
      • ‘And then there's the repulsive triplewart seadevils, covered with spines and furrows and warts, their large mouths set in a perpetual frown.’
      • ‘The Chinese have a tradition of breaking open the seed of brucea javonica and taping directly over warts and excrescences to stimulate their dissolution.’
      • ‘Our equine medicine lecturer summed it up well when talking about juvenile warts in foals.’
    2. 1.2An undesirable or disfiguring feature.
      ‘few products are without their warts’
    3. 1.3informal An obnoxious or objectionable person.
      ‘what a bunch of nauseating little warts you are!’


Old English wearte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wrat and German Warze.