[verb puhs-chuh-leyt; adjective puhs-chuh-lit, -leyt]Pathology

verb (used with object), pus·tu·lat·ed, pus·tu·lat·ing.

to cause to form pustules.

verb (used without object), pus·tu·lat·ed, pus·tu·lat·ing.

to become pustular.


covered with pustules.

Nearby words

  1. pussy-willow,
  2. pussycat,
  3. pussyfoot,
  4. pustulant,
  5. pustular,
  6. pustulation,
  7. pustule,
  8. pustulosis,
  9. pustulosis palmaris et plantaris,
  10. pustulous

Origin of pustulate

1600–10; < Late Latin pūstulātus, past participle of pūstulāre to blister. See pustule, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for pustulate


verb (ˈpʌstjʊˌleɪt)

to form or cause to form into pustules

adjective (ˈpʌstjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

covered with pustules
Derived Formspustulation, noun

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Medicine definitions for pustulate




To form or cause to form pustules.

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