[ pap-yool ]
/ ˈpæp yul /

noun Pathology.

a small, somewhat pointed elevation of the skin, usually inflammatory but nonsuppurative.

Origin of papule

1855–60; < Latin papula pimple, pustule, akin to papilla nipple. See pap2, -ule


pap·u·lar, adjectivepap·u·lose [pap-yuh-lohs] /ˈpæp yəˌloʊs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for papular


papula (ˈpæpjʊlə)

/ (ˈpæpjuːl) /

noun plural -ules or -ulae (-jʊˌliː)

pathol a small solid usually round elevation of the skin

Derived forms of papule

papular, adjectivepapuliferous, adjective

Word Origin for papule

C19: from Latin papula pustule, pimple
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Medicine definitions for papular

[ păpyōōl ]

n. pl. pap•ules

A small, solid, usually inflammatory elevation of the skin that does not contain pus.

Other words from papule

papu•lar (-yə-lər) adj.
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