pap·​ule | \ ˈpa-(ˌ)pyül How to pronounce papule (audio) \

Definition of papule

: a small solid usually conical elevation of the skin

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Examples of papule in a Sentence

the reddish, itchy papules that are characteristic of the rash
Recent Examples on the Web The researchers concluded that both formulations were effective at treating rosacea, especially the papules and pustules associated with the condition. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Why So Many People Swear By Azelaic Acid to Combat Acne and Redness," 5 Mar. 2019 For those with mainly papules and pustules, there are over-the-counter treatment solutions that work. Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 Just like non-inflammatory acne, salicylic acid can help those suffering with papules and postules, as well as exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic and lactic acids among others). Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 Even Angi’s skin seemed possessed of that perfect sense of motion: ivory pale and patterned purple-red by the papules that spiraled up and down her arms, legs, and cheeks like a paisley print. Sarah Harris, The Cut, "Learning the Art of Disguise at a Unique Summer Camp," 6 Apr. 2018 Renée says there are a few different ways to approach this kind of blemish, formally known as papules. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "Here's Exactly How to Get Rid of a Zit... Fast," 7 Mar. 2018 Cysts are also common, and like penile papules, generally not a big deal. Jenna Birch,, "6 Things Your Partner's Penis Can Tell You About His Health," 16 Mar. 2018 Skin imperfections are revealed to have names—papules, pustules, milia, cysts—and to respond to certain treatments. Jamie Lauren Keiles, The New Yorker, "Cleanse, Tone, Obsess: A Forum for Skin-Care Addicts," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of papule

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papule

Latin papula

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“Papule.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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pap·​ule | \ ˈpap-(ˌ)yül How to pronounce papule (audio) \

Medical Definition of papule

: a small solid usually conical elevation of the skin caused by inflammation, accumulated secretion, or hypertrophy of tissue elements

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