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pustule

noun pus·tule \ˈpəs-(ˌ)chül, -(ˌ)tyül, -(ˌ)tül\

medical : a small bump on the skin that contains or produces pus

Full Definition of PUSTULE

1
:  a small circumscribed elevation of the skin containing pus and having an inflamed base
2
:  a small often distinctively colored elevation or spot resembling a blister or pimple

Examples of PUSTULE

  1. <smallpox's characteristic pustules typically resulted in permanent scarring for survivors of the dreaded disease>

Origin of PUSTULE

Middle English, from Latin pustula; akin to Lithuanian pusti to blow, Greek physa breath
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to PUSTULE

pustule

noun pus·tule \ˈpəs-(ˌ)chü(ə)l, -(ˌ)t(y)ü(ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PUSTULE

1
:  a small circumscribed elevation of the skin containing pus and having an inflamed base
2
:  a small often distinctively colored elevation or spot resembling a blister or pimple

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