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macule

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noun mac·ule \ˈma-(ˌ)kyü(ə)l\

Definition of macule

  1. :  a patch of skin that is altered in color but usually not elevated and that is a characteristic feature of various diseases (as smallpox)



Origin and Etymology of macule

French, from Latin macula


First Known Use: 1863


Medical Dictionary

macule

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noun mac·ule \ˈmak-(ˌ)yü(ə)l\

Medical Definition of macule

  1. 1:  macula 2

  2. 2:  a patch of skin that is altered in color but usually not elevated <Target-like macules with a dusky center are usually pathognomonic for the disorder but may not always be present.—Barry Ladizinski and Kachiu C. Lee, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 19 Mar. 2014> <The lesions begin as 1 to 3 mm macules that gradually become confluent, assuming a reticulated lacelike pattern.—Pearl E. Grimes, Scientific American Medicine Bulletin, April 2000>




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