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wheal

[hweel, weel] /ʰwil, wil/
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
900
before 900; akin to whelk2 and to obsolete wheal (v.), Old English hwelian to suppurate, develop wheals
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British Dictionary definitions for wheals

wheal

/wiːl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of weal1
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Word Origin and History for wheals

wheal

n.

"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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wheals in Medicine

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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