- a small, somewhat pointed elevation of the skin, usually inflammatory but nonsuppurative.
Origin of papule
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Examples from the Web for papule
In the venereal disease the local trouble commences as a papule and breaks into an ulcer without having formed a pustule.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
The disease pursues a regular course of papule, pustule, and sore; and is said never to recur.The Solomon Islands and Their Natives
H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
Involution is marked by cessation of oozing, subsidence of the papule and scar-like changes at the site of the lesion.Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley
This papule increases in superficial area, but not in height, and gradually loses its redness.
Slight exudation of plasma, with a few corpuscles, usually follows, and produces elevation of the papule itself.
- pathol a small solid usually round elevation of the skin
C19: from Latin papula pustule, pimple
Word Origin and History for papule
1864, from Latin papula "pustule, pimple, swelling" (see pap (n.2)). Related: Papular.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small, solid, usually inflammatory elevation of the skin that does not contain pus.
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