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 [wort]
an epidermal tumor of viral origin; the term is also applied loosely to any of various benign epidermal proliferations of nonviral origin. Called also verruca. Warts are generally more common among children and young adults than among older persons. Most are less than 0.6 cm (a quarter of an inch) in diameter; they may be flat or raised and dry or moist. Usually they have a rough and pitted surface, either flesh-colored or darker than the surrounding skin. They usually develop on the fingers and hands, but may also occur on the elbows, face, scalp, or other areas. When on especially vulnerable parts of the body, such as the knee or elbow, they are subject to irritation and may become quite tender. Two specific types are plantar warts and venereal warts.



A wart develops between 1 and 8 months after the virus becomes lodged in the skin. The virus is often spread by scratching, rubbing, and slight razor cuts. In more than half the cases, warts disappear without treatment, but some remain for years.
Treatment. Many popular “cures” for warts have been suggested, but are generally useless. Furthermore, self-treatment by cutting, scraping, or using acids or patent medicines may cause bacterial infection, scarring, and other harm without eliminating the warts. A troublesome wart should be removed only by a health care provider, who may use acids, electrodesiccation, or freezing with liquid nitrogen. Warts are notoriously stubborn. Often the virus remains in the skin, and the wart grows again.
plantar wart a viral epidermal tumor on the sole of the foot, sometimes the result of going barefoot; unlike other warts, this type is usually sensitive to pressure and may be painful during walking. Called also verruca plantaris.
venereal w's condylomata acuminata.

plan·tar wart

Avoid the incorrect expression planter's wart.
An often painful wart on the sole, usually caused by human papillomavirus type 1.
Synonym(s): verruca plantaris

plantar wart

a painful verrucous lesion on the sole of the foot, primarily at points of pressure, such as over the metatarsal heads and the heel. Caused by the common wart virus, it appears as a soft central core and is surrounded by a firm hyperkeratotic ring resembling a callus. Multiple tiny black spots on the surface represent bits of coagulated blood. It is distinguished from a callus in that skin markings are interrupted by a plantar wart. Treatment methods include excision, electrodesiccation, cryotherapy, laser treatment, topical acids, and use of cantharidin. See also mosaic wart.
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Plantar wart

plantar wart

Verruca pedis Podiatry A virally-induced bump on the bottom of the foot, linked to the immune system, which either responds to minimal therapy or not. See Abracadabra therapy, Podophyllin.

plan·tar wart

(plan'tahr wōrt)
An often painful wart on the sole; usually caused by human papillomavirus type 1.
Synonym(s): verruca plantaris.
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PLANTAR WART

plantar wart

A wart on a pressure-bearing area, esp. the sole of the foot. Synonym: verruca plantaris
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See also: wart

plantar wart

An ordinary wart (verruca) occurring on the sole of the foot and forced into the skin by pressure from the weight of the body.