macule

noun mac·ule \ ˈma-(ˌ)kyü(ə)l \

Definition of macule

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

Origin and Etymology of macule

French, from Latin macula


Medical Dictionary

macule

noun mac·ule \ ˈmak-(ˌ)yü(ə)l \

medical Definition of macule

1 :macula 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. LeeThe Journal of the American Medical Association19 Mar. 2014
  • The lesions begin as 1 to 3 mm macules that gradually become confluent, assuming a reticulated lacelike pattern.
  • —Pearl E. GrimesScientific American Medicine BulletinApril 2000

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