macule

noun
mac·​ule | \ ˈma-(ˌ)kyül How to pronounce macule (audio) \

Definition of macule

: a patch of skin that is altered in color but usually not elevated … erythema migrans is defined as a skin lesion that typically begins as a red macule or papule and expands over a period of days to weeks to form a large round lesion, often with partial central clearing.— Carrie D. Tibbles et al.

First Known Use of macule

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macule

borrowed from French, "spot, stain, birthmark," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin macula "stain, spot, blemish" — more at macula

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“Macule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macule. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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macule

noun
mac·​ule | \ ˈmak-(ˌ)yü(ə)l How to pronounce macule (audio) \

Medical Definition of macule

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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