Glossary of Terms related to genital warts or HPV

There are hundreds of big words used in the medical field and for the average person they mean absolutely nothing. However, as a genital warts sufferer it is important to understand particular words and phrases commonly used when speaking about the HPV virus.

We have compiled a list of commonly used yet confusing medical terms related to genital warts and sexually transmitted diseases. If you see a word on this website that you don’t understand, please email support and we will add it to the list as soon as possible!

List of Words Defined in Glossary


5-Fluorouracil is an anti-cancer medication occasionally used in medical procedures.


Not normal. Deviating from the usual structure, position, condition, or behavior. In referring to a growth, abnormal may mean that it is cancerous or premalignant (likely to become cancerous in the future).

Acetic Acid

The acid most commonly associated with vinegar. The acid most commonly associated with vinegar. Acetic acid is a two-carbon carboxylic acid. Its formula is: CH3COOH. It is the most commercially important organic acid and is used in the manufacture of a broad range of chemical products, such as plastics and insecticides. is a two-carbon carboxylic acid. Its formula is: CH3COOH. It is the most commercially important organic acid and is used in the manufacture of a broad range of chemical products, such as plastics and insecticides.


The path air follows to get into and out of the lungs. The mouth and nose are the normal entry and exit ports. Entering air then passes through the back of the throat (pharynx), continues through the voice box (larynx), down the trachea, and finally out the branching tubes known as bronchi.


Loss of feeling or awareness. A general anesthetic puts the person to sleep . A local anesthetic causes loss of feeling in a part of the body such as a tooth or an area of skin without affecting consciousness. Regional anesthesia numbs a larger part of the body such as a leg or arm, also without affecting consciousness. The term “conduction anesthesia” encompasses both local and regional anesthetic techniques. Many surgical procedures can be done with conduction anesthesia without significant pain . In many situations, such as a C-section , conduction anesthesia is safer and therefore preferable to general anesthesia. However, there are also many types of surgery in which general anesthesia is clearly appropriate.


The removal of a sample of tissue for purposes of diagnosis. (Many definitions of “biopsy” stipulate that the sample of tissue is removed for examination under a microscope. This may or may not be the case. The diagnosis may be achieved by other means such as by analysis of chromosomes or genes.)

Birth Control

Birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent pregnancy from occurring in a sexually active woman. Also referred to as family planning, pregnancy prevention, fertility control, or contraception; birth control methods are designed either to prevent fertilization of an egg or implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.


The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured blood vessels into the tissues as well as from the body’s response to the injury. A purplish, flat bruise that occurs when blood leaks out into the top layers of skin is referred to as an ecchymosis.


Having to do with any kind of neck including the neck on which the head is perched and the neck of the uterus. The word “cervix” in Latin means “neck”. That is why cervical vertebrae and cervical cancer involve quite disparate parts of the anatomy joined only by the meaning of the word “cervix”.


The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, pear-shaped organ, is located in a woman’s lower abdomen, between the bladder and the rectum. The cervix forms a canal that opens into the vagina, which leads to the outside of the body.


A lighted magnifying instrument used by a gynecologist to examine the tissues of the vagina and the cervix. The procedure is called Colposcopy.


A procedure in which a gynecologist uses a lighted magnifying instrument which is called a colposcope to examine the tissues of the vagina and the cervix.


A wart-like growth around the anus, vulva, or glans penis. There are three major types of condylomas, each of which is sexually transmitted. These include condyloma acuminatum or genital warts, condyloma latum (a form of secondary syphilis), and condyloma subcutaneum or molluscum contagiosum.


A surgical probe, a long slender pointed surgical instrument, used to apply extreme cold to tissues. From cryo- from the Greek kryos meaning cold + probe.


Literally, “cold therapy.” Cryotherapy, sometimes referred to as cryosurgery, is a procedure used to destroy tissue of both benign and malignant lesions by the freezing and re-thawing process. Liquid nitrogen is the most commonly used freezing source for cryotherapy. Examples of the uses of cryotherapy in medicine are the treatment (removal) of various types of skin lesions , the treatment of dysplastic ( precancerous ) tissue of the uterine cervix, and the treatment of some prostate cancers.


  1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. Cures are easy to claim and, all too often, difficult to confirm
  2. A time without recurrence of a disease so that the risk of recurrence is small, as in the 5-year cure rate for malignant melanoma.
  3. Particularly in the past, a course of treatment. For example, take a cure at a spa.


A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems.

Final Thoughts

We understand that this collection is only a fraction of what words are used on a daily basis when talking about genital warts. As we have time to update our database, new words will be added and we will reorganize the page hierarchy.

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Glossary Credit: WebMD