pus·​tu·​lar | \ ˈpəs-chə-lər How to pronounce pustular (audio) , ˈpəs-tyə-, -tə- \

Definition of pustular

1 : of, relating to, or resembling pustules
2 : covered with pustular prominences : pustulated

Examples of pustular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In contrast, a World Health Organization poster shows a hand covered in a swollen, pustular rash. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "A fascinating look at antibody-based technology. Really.," 29 Oct. 2017 However, the recipient has to develop a rash, and the rash has to turn pustular, and then the other person has to have contact with the pus. John Ingold, The Denver Post, "Fourteen Colorado schools have 100 percent vaccination rates. See if your child’s school is one of them.," 14 June 2017 And other related diseases, such as cowpox and monkeypox, cause similar pustular rashes. National Geographic, "Child Mummy Found With Oldest Known Smallpox Virus," 8 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of pustular

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pustular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pustular. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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pus·​tu·​lar | \ -lər How to pronounce pustular (audio) \

Medical Definition of pustular

1 : of, relating to, or resembling pustules pustular eruptions
2 : covered with pustular prominences : pustulated

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