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noun Pathology.
  1. a small, somewhat pointed elevation of the skin, usually inflammatory but nonsuppurative.
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Origin of papule

1855–60; < Latin papula pimple, pustule, akin to papilla nipple. See pap2, -ule
Related formspap·u·lar, adjectivepap·u·lose [pap-yuh-lohs] /ˈpæp yəˌloʊs/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for papule


papula (ˈpæpjʊlə)

noun plural -ules or -ulae (-jʊˌliː)
  1. pathol a small solid usually round elevation of the skin
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Derived Formspapular, adjectivepapuliferous, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin papula pustule, pimple
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Word Origin and History for papule


1864, from Latin papula "pustule, pimple, swelling" (see pap (n.2)). Related: Papular.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

papule in Medicine


n. pl. pap•ules
  1. A small, solid, usually inflammatory elevation of the skin that does not contain pus.
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Related formspapu•lar (-yə-lər) adj.
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