a small, somewhat pointed elevation of the skin, usually inflammatory but nonsuppurative.
Origin of papule
1855–60;Related formspap·u·lar, adjectivepap·u·lose [pap-yuh-lohs] /ˈpæp yəˌloʊs/, adjective
< Latin papula
pimple, pustule, akin to papilla
nipple. See pap2
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Historical Examples of 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.
British Dictionary definitions for papular
noun plural -ules or -ulae (-jʊˌliː)
Derived Formspapular, adjectivepapuliferous, adjective
pathol a small solid usually round elevation of the skin
Word Origin for papule
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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n. pl. pap•ules
Related formspap′u•lar (-yə-lər) adj.
A small, solid, usually inflammatory elevation of the skin that does not contain pus.
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