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What is “verruca”?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Verruca is the Latin word for wart. When doctors talk about warts, they may use this term, which is pronounced vuh-ROO-kah. There are many different types of warts, which are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The medical names for different types of warts start with verruca. For instance, common warts are called verruca vulgaris. Plantar warts, which form on the feet, are called verruca plantaris.

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