pustule

noun
pus·tule | \ˈpəs-(ˌ)chül, -(ˌ)tyül, -(ˌ)tül\

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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Synonyms for pustule

Synonyms

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

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Examples of pustule in a Sentence

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

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Then there is a disease called rust that may put orange pustules on the leaves. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cannas take to the summer sun," 5 July 2018 The pustules continued to get worse and after a second extraction Juli's face was almost entirely covered by small, angry pimples. Simedar Jackson, Marie Claire, "22 Beauty Horror Stories That Will Make You Rethink Everything," 15 May 2017 To help prevent the blemish from turning into a pustule (a whitehead), reduce the inflammation by icing the area for 10 minutes every 3 to 4 hours or applying an over-the-counter cortisone cream twice a day. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "Here's Exactly How to Get Rid of a Zit... Fast," 7 Mar. 2018 McMichael says to look out for small, whitehead-looking pustules that can arise at the areas of significant pulling. Nykia Spradley, SELF, "The First Sign of Traction Alopecia—and How to Stop It Before It’s Too Late," 29 Jan. 2018 Folliculitis is inflammation of the hair follicles that can be accompanied by bacteria filled pustules. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "11 Things You’re Doing Wrong When You Shower," 13 Dec. 2017 O'Reilly and his ilk are a festering pustule on the American body politic. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "Still a Factor," 19 Apr. 2017 In 1796, Jenner took pus from a cowpox pustule on the hand of an infected milkmaid and injected it into the arm of an 8-year-old boy. Charles Kenny, Slate Magazine, "What Frankenstein Has to Do With Anti-Vaxxers," 16 Jan. 2017 A less-severe form of cystic acne, papular pustules are sensitive to the touch (from the inflammation) and also the work of hormones and genetics. Marissa Desantis, Teen Vogue, "How to Treat Every Type of Acne," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pustule

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pustule

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

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The first known use of pustule was in the 14th century

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pustule

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English Language Learners Definition of pustule

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

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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