A-Z list of medicines W

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  • w   noun the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet* ; a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm* ; the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees* ; a heavy grey white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite
  • walnut   noun nut of any of various walnut trees having a wrinkled two lobed seed with a hard shell* ; any of various trees of the genus Juglans* ; hard dark brown wood of any of various walnut trees; used especially for furniture and paneling
  • warm   adj. of a seeker; near to the object sought* ; uncomfortable because of possible danger or trouble* ; characterized by liveliness or excitement or disagreement* ; having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat* ;psychologically warm; friendly and responsive* ; (color) inducing the impression of warmth; used especially of reds and oranges and yellows* ; characterized by strong enthusiasm* ; easily aroused or excited* ; freshly made or left* ; having or displaying warmth or affection* ; adv. in a warm manner* ; verb make warm or warmer* ; get warm or warmer
  • warrior   noun someone engaged in or experienced in warfare
  • wart   noun (pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus* ; any small rounded protuberance (as on certain plants or animals)
  • wash   noun the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)* ;any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out* ; a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other* ; a thin coat of water base paint* ; the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)* ; garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering* ; the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller* ; the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)* ; verb to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking* ; cleanse (one's body) with soap and water* ; form by erosion* ; remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent* ; apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to* ; clean with some chemical process* ;cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water* ; separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)* ; move by or as if by water* ;admit to testing or proof* ; be capable of being washed* ; wash or flow against* ; make moist
  • washington   noun the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles L'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791* ; a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific* ; 1st President of the United States; commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732 1799)* ; United States educator who was born a slave but became educated and founded a college at Tuskegee in Alabama (1856 1915)* ; the federal government of the United States
  • water   noun a fluid necessary for the life of most animals and plants* ; binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent* ; once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)* ; a facility that provides a source of water* ; the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)* ; liquid excretory product* ; verb secrete or form water, as tears or saliva* ; supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams* ; fill with tears* ; provide with water
  • water oak   noun relatively tall deciduous water oak of southeastern United States often cultivated as a shade tree; thrives in wet soil
  • watercress   adj. of a moderate yellow green color that is greener and deeper than moss green and yellower and darker than pea green* ; noun cresses that grow in clear ponds and streams* ; any of several water loving cresses
  • watermelon   noun large oblong or roundish melon with a hard green rind and sweet watery red or occasionally yellowish pulp* ; an African melon
  • waterproof   adj. not permitting the passage of water* ; noun any fabric impervious to water* ; a water resistant coat* ; verb make watertight
  • weakness   noun the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain* ; a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you* ;the condition of being financially weak* ; powerlessness revealed by an inability to act* ; a flaw or weak point
  • weed   noun a black band worn by a man (on the arm or hat) as a sign of mourning* ; any plant that crowds out cultivated plants* ; street names for marijuana* ; verb clear of weeds
  • western   adj. lying toward or situated in the west* ; relating to or characteristic of regions of western parts of the world* ; of or characteristic of regions of the United States west of the Mississippi River* ; of wind; from the west* ; lying in or toward the west* ; noun a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development* ; a sandwich made from a western omelet
  • western ragweed   noun coarse perennial ragweed with creeping roots of dry barren lands of southwestern United States and Mexico
  • wheat   noun grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal; usually ground into flour* ; annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains
  • wheat berry   noun a grain of wheat* ; grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal; usually ground into flour
  • wheat rust   noun rust fungus that attacks wheat
  • white   adj. of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration* ; of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets* ; being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light* ;(of hair) having lost its color* ; (of coffee) having cream or milk added* ;benevolent; without malicious intent* ; glowing white with heat* ;restricted to whites only* ; marked by the presence of snow* ; free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied* ; anemic looking from illness or emotion* ; (of a surface) not written or printed on* ; noun (board games) the lighter pieces* ; the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)* ; a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri* ; a member of the Caucasoid race* ; United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832 1918)* ; United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899 1985)* ; United States architect (1853 1906)* ; United States political journalist (1915 1986)* ; Australian writer (1912 1990)* ; United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1910 by President Taft; noted for his work on antitrust legislation (1845 1921)* ; (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth* ; the white part of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance surrounding the yolk consisting mainly of albumin dissolved in water* ; verb turn white
  • white alder   noun tree of western United States* ; shrub of eastern and southern coastal United States having beautiful racemes of spice scented white flowers
  • white ash   noun spreading American ash with leaves pale green or silvery beneath and having hard brownish wood* ; small to medium sized tree of Australia and Tasmania having smooth white to light grey bark shedding in patches or strips
  • white birch   noun European birch with dull white to pale brown bark and somewhat drooping hairy branches
  • white lie   noun an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)
  • white oak   noun any of numerous Old World and American oaks having 6 to 8 stamens in each floret, acorns that mature in one year and leaf veins that never extend beyond the margin of the leaf
  • white pepper   noun pepper ground from husked peppercorns* ;climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam
  • white pine   noun soft white wood of white pine trees* ; any of several five needled pines with white wood and smooth usually light grey bark when young; especially the eastern white pine
  • white poplar   noun a poplar that is widely cultivated in the United States; has white bark and leaves with whitish undersurfaces* ; light easily worked wood of a tulip tree; used for furniture and veneer
  • white potato   noun an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland* ; annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous
  • whitening   noun changing to a lighter color
  • whole   adj. including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete* ;(of siblings) having the same parents* ; acting together as a single undiversified whole* ; exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health* ;not impaired or diminished in any way* ; wholly unharmed* ; including everything* ; adv. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')* ; noun an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity* ; all of something including all its component elements or parts
  • whole wheat   adj. of or relating to or derived from wheat
  • wiesbaden   noun a city in western Germany; a spa since Roman times
  • willow   noun a textile machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibers* ; any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix
  • wintergreen   noun spicy red berrylike fruit; source of wintergreen oil* ; any of several evergreen perennials of the genus Pyrola* ;creeping shrub of eastern North America having white bell shaped flowers followed by spicy red berrylike fruit and shiny aromatic leaves that yield wintergreen oil
  • witch hazel   noun lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant* ; any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Hamamelis; bark yields an astringent lotion
  • wood   noun a golf club with a long shaft used to hit long shots; originally made with a wooden head* ; United States painter noted for works based on life in the Midwest (1892 1942)* ; English writer of novels about murders and thefts and forgeries (1814 1887)* ; English conductor (1869 1944)* ; United States film actress (1938 1981)* ; the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees* ; any wind instrument other than the brass instruments* ; the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
  • wormwood   noun any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium

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