A small, crocky feature that sticks out of an otherwise clean design. Something conspicuous for localised ugliness, especially a special-case exception to a general rule. For example, in some versions of "csh(1)", single quotes literalise every character inside them except "!". In ANSI C, the "?" syntax used for obtaining ASCII characters in a foreign environment is a wart.

See also: miswart.

(01 Jul 2002)

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<dermatology, virology> Benign tumour of basal cell of skin, the result of the infection of a single cell with wart virus (Papilloma virus). Virus is undetectable in basal layer, but proliferates in keratinising cells of outer layers.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

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