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Phrase Definition
wart A small, hard, abnormal growth of the skin or mucous membranes caused by a virus.
wheal A pimple or small itchy elevation of the skin caused by an allergen.
wheeze A whistling or squeaky breathing sound caused by the narrowing (constriction) or blocking of the airway.
whiplash An injury of the neck or spine due to a sudden, severe bending of the neck.
whooping cough A serious infectious respiratory disease of children. Named for the distinctive whooping sound made by the patient after a coughing spasm. Also called pertussis.
Wilms' tumor A rapidly growing tumor of the kidney found in children.
Wilson's disease A rare, inherited disorder that occurs when copper pools in the red blood cells. May cause tremors, muscle rigidity, speech problems and dementia.
withdrawal The act or process of giving up the use of a drug to which one has become addicted or dependent.
wrist The joint or part of the arm between the hand and the forearm.