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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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papula (ˈpæpjʊlə)

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

Word Origin for papule

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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papule in Medicine


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