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 (such as smallpox)

Origin and Etymology of macule

French, from Latin macula


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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