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[hweel, weel] /ʰwil, wil/
a small, burning or itching swelling on the skin, as from a mosquito bite or from hives.
a wale or welt.
Also, weal.
Origin of wheal
before 900; akin to whelk2 and to obsolete wheal (v.), Old English hwelian to suppurate, develop wheals Unabridged
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  • The size of the wheal and the diameter of the redness help determine if the patient is allergic.
British Dictionary definitions for wheal


a variant spelling of weal1
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Word Origin and History for wheal

"mark made on the skin by a whip," 1808, perhaps an alteration of wale, possibly by confusion with weal "welt," and obsolete wheal "pimple, pustule" (mid-15c.), from Old English verb hwelian "to form pus, bring to a head."

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wheal in Medicine

wheal (wēl)
A small swelling on the skin, as from an insect bite, that usually itches or burns. Also called welt.

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