papule

noun
pap·ule | \ˈpa-(ˌ)pyül \

Definition of papule 

: a small solid usually conical elevation of the skin

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Synonyms for papule

Synonyms

boil, fester, pimple, pock, pustule, whelk, zit [slang]

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Examples of papule in a Sentence

the reddish, itchy papules that are characteristic of the rash

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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, Health.com, "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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The first known use of papule was in 1821

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papule

noun
pap·ule | \ˈpap-(ˌ)yül \

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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