wheal

[hweel, weel]
noun
1.
a small, burning or itching swelling on the skin, as from a mosquito bite or from hives.
2.
a wale or welt.
Also, weal.


Origin:
before 900; akin to whelk2 and to obsolete wheal (v.), Old English hwelian to suppurate, develop wheals

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wheal (wiːl)
 
n
a variant spelling of weal

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wheal
"mark made on the skin by a whip," 1808, probably an alteration of wale, possibly by confusion with weal "welt," and obsolete wheal "pimple, pustule" (1440), from O.E. verb hwelian "to form pus, bring to a head."
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wheal (wēl)
n.
A small swelling on the skin, as from an insect bite, that usually itches or burns. Also called welt.

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The size of the wheal and the diameter of the redness help determine if the patient is allergic.
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