Definition of Papule

1. Noun. A small inflamed elevation of skin that is nonsuppurative (as in chicken pox).

Specialized synonyms: Papulovesicle, Vesicopapule
Generic synonyms: Hickey, Pimple, Zit

Definition of Papule

1. n. Same as Papula.

Definition of Papule

1. Noun. A small, inflammatory, irritated spot on skin; similar in appearance to a pimple, without containing pus. ¹

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Definition of Papule

1. a pimple [n -S] : PAPULAR, PAPULOSE [adj] - See also: pimple

Medical Definition of Papule

1. A small circumscribed, superficial, solid elevation of the skin. Origin: L. Papula This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Papule

papua new guinea
papular acrodermatitis of childhood
papular dermatitis of pregnancy
papular fever
papular mucinosis
papular scrofuloderma
papular stomatitis virus of cattle
papular syphilid
papular tuberculid
papular urticaria
papule (current term)
papulonecrotic tuberculid

Literary usage of Papule

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1883)
"Three hairs pierce the papule, and there is a sweat-duet running through it. ... The papule includes ten or fifteen papillae which are more or less ..."

2. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1890)
"It begins as one or several reddish papules, and penetrating each papule we find a hair—in other words, the papule is located around the hair, ..."

3. Urology: Diseases of the Urinary Organs, Diseases of the Male Genital Organs by Edward Loughborough Keyes (1917)
"The syphilitic papule upon a moist skin or mucous membrane surface is always eroded. Evet upon a dry surface it sheds the superficial epithelium, and, ..."

4. A Treatise on diseases of the skin for advanced students and practitioners by Henry Weightman Stelwagon (1916)
"In urgent cases the Wassermann test might be a help. Moist papule (Synonyms: Mucous patch; Mucous papule; Fr., Plaques muqueuses; Gcr., ..."

5. Syphilis; a Treatise for Practitioners by Edward Loughborough Keyes (1908)
"Its top is level with the surrounding mucous membrane, but it is an eroded top, and, consequently, the papule appears as a simple erosion. ..."

6. Twentieth Century Practice: An International Encyclopedia of Modern Medical by Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1899)
"It combines then the characters of a cutaneous and a mucous papule. Wherever it may be situated, however, it breaks down in the same way as the indurated ..."

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