- Pathology. a small elevation of the skin containing pus.
- any pimplelike or blisterlike swelling or elevation.
Origin of pustule
Examples from the Web for pustule
There was some variation in the appearance of the pustule on the arm.
The hair on the pustule stands erect, and is often shed with the scab which results.
In the venereal disease the local trouble commences as a papule and breaks into an ulcer without having formed a pustule.
Miss H. has small pustules and great inflammation of her arms, with but one pustule likely to suppurate.Zoonomia, Vol. I
Pustule, pus′tūl, n. a small pimple containing pus: anything like a pustule, on plants or animals: a small blister.
- a small inflamed elevated area of skin containing pus
- any small distinct spot resembling a pimple or blister
Word Origin and History for pustule
late 14c., from Old French pustule (13c.) and directly from Latin pustula "blister, pimple," from PIE imitative root *pu- (1) "blow, swell," on notion of "inflated area" (cf. Sanskrit pupphusah "lung," Greek physa "breath, blast, wind, bubble," Lithuanian puciu "to blow, swell," Old Church Slavonic puchati "to blow"). Cf. emphysema. Related: Pustulant; pustular.
- A small inflamed skin swelling that is filled with pus; a pimple.
- A small swelling similar to a blister or pimple.
- A small inflamed swelling of the skin that is filled with pus.