Wordle 552 confuses players with tricky medical term, 'Never heard of it!'

Wordle 552 has confused a number of players with an uncommon word, but what is the meaning and definition of today's tricky challenge?

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A certain word has infuriated a number of Wordle players who struggled to solve a particularly uncommon five-letter word on Thursday, December 23, 2022.

Wordle players have been totally stumped by yet another tricky five-letter word as the game makers at the New York Times challenged players to solve an unfamiliar word.

This isn't the first time players have been thrown a curveball - as words such as; leerycoylyquart, and agape have caused a lot of frustration for fans in the past. However, this challenge on December 23, posed a particularly hard challenge for fans.

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The answer for the Wordle challenge on December 23 was 'aorta'. Players who struggled to solve this challenge took to social media to complain about the difficulty of this game.

"Couldn't get the word today. Never heard of it! Wordle 552 X/6," said one player. "Today’s wordle is sh*t. They’re basically making up words at this point. Wordle 552 X/6," said another frustrated player. 

"What a stinker!! #Wordle 552 X/6," added another. "Wordle 552 X/6 F**k you very much Wordle. That's not even a word on this planet," said yet another player.

Even the players who did manage to solve the puzzle were frustrated and insisted that they had no idea what this word meant.  "It's a tough one. Wordle 552 4/6," said one player. "Wordle 552 6/6 #Wordle552 I don’t know this word. Got help from friend," admitted another.

"Wordle 552 6/6 Is that a word?? #Wordle552," asked another person on Twitter. "A little mind-bending today Wordle 552 4/6," said another.

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Aorta meaning 

Many players struggled with this challenge because they were simply unfamiliar with this term. The word is not particularly common in everyday life, and appears more in medical documentaries and television shows. So what does the word aorta mean?

The Oxford dictionary defines aorta as a noun that means, 'the main artery of the body, supplying oxygenated blood to the circulatory system. In humans, it passes over the heart from the left ventricle and runs down in front of the backbone.' The aorta is the largest artery in the body and helps the heart pump blood from the left ventricle to the aortic valve. 

While many people may have heard of it, it most certainly is not a word that appears in everyday language - unless you're in the medical community. So not to worry if you struggled with this one! 

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If you struggled to solve this Wordle challenge, don't worry, you are not alone! This was a particularly tough challenge that stumped a lot of players. However, if you want to improve at this game, there are a number of Wordle hacks and Wordle tricks, that may help.

If you fancy something a little different instead, there are a number of Wordle alternatives that are just like Wordle, but with a slightly different twist to keep players on their toes!

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