- a small, somewhat pointed elevation of the skin, usually inflammatory but nonsuppurative.
Origin of papule
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Examples from the Web for papular
In the sluggish, dry, erythematous, scaly and papular types.
It is developed, as a rule, from the erythematous or papular type.
The macular, papular, and bullous eruptions are most common.
Eruption copious and papular on face; smooth and flat, with dark centres, on trunk and arms.
The more closely the eruption approaches the papular, the more mild and manageable will be the disease.
- pathol a small solid usually round elevation of the skin
C19: from Latin papula pustule, pimple
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Word Origin and History for papular
1864, from Latin papula "pustule, pimple, swelling" (see pap (n.2)). Related: Papular.
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- A small, solid, usually inflammatory elevation of the skin that does not contain pus.
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