pustule

noun pus·tule \ ˈpəs-(ˌ)chül , -(ˌ)tyül , -(ˌ)tül \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of pustule

1 : a small circumscribed elevation of the skin containing pus and having an inflamed base
2 : a small often distinctively colored elevation or spot resembling a blister or pimple

Examples of pustule in a Sentence

  1. smallpox's characteristic pustules typically resulted in permanent scarring for survivors of the dreaded disease

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Origin and Etymology of pustule

Middle English, from Latin pustula; akin to Lithuanian pusti to blow, Greek physa breath

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PUSTULE Defined for English Language Learners

pustule

noun

Definition of pustule for English Language Learners

  • medical : a small bump on the skin that contains or produces pus


Medical Dictionary

pustule

noun pus·tule \ ˈpəs-(ˌ)chü(ə)l , -(ˌ)t(y)ü(ə)l \

medical Definition of pustule

1 : a small circumscribed elevation of the skin containing pus and having an inflamed base
2 : a small often distinctively colored elevation or spot resembling a blister or pimple


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