Dictionary.com

pustule

[ puhs-chool ]
/ ˈpʌs tʃʊl /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: pustule / pustules on Thesaurus.com

noun
Pathology. a small elevation of the skin containing pus.
any pimplelike or blisterlike swelling or elevation.

COMPARE MEANINGS

Click for a side-by-side comparison of meanings. Use the word comparison feature to learn the differences between similar and commonly confused words.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of pustule

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin pūstula,pūsula a pimple, blister; akin to Greek phȳsaléos inflated

OTHER WORDS FROM pustule

pustuled, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use pustule in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pustule

pustule
/ (ˈpʌstjuːl) /

noun
a small inflamed elevated area of skin containing pus
any small distinct spot resembling a pimple or blister

Derived forms of pustule

pustular (ˈpʌstjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for pustule

C14: from Latin pustula a blister, variant of pūsula; compare Greek phusallis bladder, phusa bellows
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for pustule

pustule
[ pŭschōōl ]

A small inflamed swelling of the skin that is filled with pus.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK