Definition of verruca in English:

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Pronunciation: /vəˈro͞okə/

noun (plural verrucae /-kē/ /-kī/ or verrucas)

1A contagious and usually painful wart on the sole of the foot; a plantar wart.
Example sentences
  • Warts aren't normally painful, although verrucas (warts on the feet) can sometimes hurt.
  • We would even draw verrucas on our feet with felt tip to get out of the weekly ordeal.
  • This causes verrucas to grow back into the skin, which can be painful.
1.1(In medical use) a wart of any kind.
Example sentences
  • Candida antigen can be used on most verrucae, particularly plantar warts.
  • For more information on warts and verrucas, please see the separate BUPA factsheet.
  • Treatment of verrucae vulgares is sometimes difficult and invasive methods should not be used for young children.



Pronunciation: /ˈver(y)əˌkōs/
Pronunciation: /ˈver(y)əˌkōz/
Example sentences
  • On the veins, the hairs are more robust and longer, with verrucose surfaces; the base of some is swollen.
  • In X. klinostoma the outer lining of periderm and occlusion of autothecae are made of the verrucose fabric.
  • Despite this variation, the verrucose petiole character is adequate to separate P. brevispathum from P. muricatum.


Pronunciation: /vəˈro͞okəs/
Example sentences
  • Examination revealed yellow to dark-brown, hairless, verrucous and micronodular lesions on the right temporal area of her scalp.
  • Treatment of verrucous carcinoma is surgical.
  • Lesions consist of erythematous papules, nodules, pustules, verrucous, or granulomatous lesions.


Late Middle English: from Latin.

Words that rhyme with verruca

bazooka, euchre, farruca, lucre, palooka, pooka, rebuker, snooker, Stuka

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Syllabification: ver·ru·ca

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