a small, often hard, abnormal elevation on the skin, usually caused by a papomavirus.
any small protuberance, as on the surface of certain plants, the skin of certain animals, etc.
any unattractive detrimental feature or aspect: The biography presents the full story of the prime minister's political career, warts and all.

before 900; Middle English; Old English wearte; cognate with German Warze, Old Norse varta; akin to Latin verrūca wart

warted, adjective
wartless, adjective
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wart (wɔːt)
1.  pathol Also called: verruca any firm abnormal elevation of the skin caused by a virus
2.  botany a small rounded outgrowth
3.  warts and all with all blemishes evident
[Old English weart(e); related to Old High German warza, Old Norse varta]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wearte, from P.Gmc. *warton- (cf. O.N. varta, O.Fris. warte, Du. wrat, O.H.G. warza, Ger. warze "wart"), from PIE base *wer- (cf. L. verruca "swelling, wart;" see vary). Phrase warts and all "without concealment of blemishes" is attested from 1763, supposedly from Oliver
Cromwell's instruction to his portrait painter.
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Medical Dictionary

wart (wôrt)
A hard, rough lump that grows on the skin and is caused by infection with certain viruses; it typically occurs on the hands or feet. Also called verruca, verruga.

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wart   (wôrt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A small growth on the skin caused by a virus, occurring typically on the hands or feet.

  2. A similar growth on a plant, especially one caused by a fungal disease.

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Example sentences
On the national scene people haven't yet had a chance to grow tired of him, or
  to examine the warts and the skeletons.
It's easy to see why economists would embrace cities, warts and all, as engines
  of prosperity.
Wart removers are medicines used to eliminate warts, which are small, usually
  painless growths on the skin caused by a virus.
The vapor emitted as the wart tissue is destroyed is likely to contain material
  from the papilloma viruses that cause warts.
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