pap·​ule ˈpa-(ˌ)pyül How to pronounce papule (audio)
: a small solid usually conical elevation of the skin

Examples of papule in a Sentence

the reddish, itchy papules that are characteristic of the rash
Recent Examples on the Web More rare side effects include skin infection, abrasions, or papules at the injection site. Loren Savini, Allure, 13 Sep. 2023 Pimples, also called whiteheads, pustules or papules, are small tender bumps found on the areas of the body where the most oil glands are present, such as on one's face, back, shoulders, and neck. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2023 Stage 2: Papules Next, the macules will begin to rise and turn into papules. Julia Landwehr, Health, 21 June 2023 These patches are called papules and are caused by inflammation in the skin. Lambeth Hochwald, Health, 24 Mar. 2023 This type of psoriasis usually presents as pinkish papules on the skin and may be treated with topical medication, oral medication, light therapy, or biologics. Lambeth Hochwald, Health, 24 Mar. 2023 Soldiers marching to Rome from Mesopotamia in late 165 AD were ill, many covered in red and black papules that eventually would scab over and fall off. Fox News, 22 Apr. 2020 The symptoms, described by famous Roman physician Galen, were unpleasant: diarrhea, coughing, fever, dry throat and the aforementioned papules. Fox News, 22 Apr. 2020 The researchers concluded that both formulations were effective at treating rosacea, especially the papules and pustules associated with the condition. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 5 Mar. 2019 See More

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Word History


Latin papula

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papule was in 1821

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“Papule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


pap·​ule ˈpap-(ˌ)yül How to pronounce papule (audio)
: a small solid usually conical elevation of the skin caused by inflammation, accumulated secretion, or hypertrophy of tissue elements

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