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 It was administered not with a syringe but by scratching pustular material on a person’s arm. Jordan E. Taylor, Time, 5 Apr. 2021 Being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and pustular psoriasis completely changed the trajectory of my life. As Told To Natasha Lavender, SELF, 3 Mar. 2021 In contrast, a World Health Organization poster shows a hand covered in a swollen, pustular rash. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, 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, 14 June 2017 And other related diseases, such as cowpox and monkeypox, cause similar pustular rashes. National Geographic, 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 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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