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
smallpox's characteristic pustules typically resulted in permanent scarring for survivors of the dreaded disease
Recent Examples of pustule from the Web
Skin sores fill with fluid; pustules form, scab and scar.
Although its most visible symptoms include facial redness, flushing and sometimes small pustules or bumps, rosacea can also signal a number of underlying health concerns.
Skin imperfections are revealed to have names—papules, pustules, milia, cysts—and to respond to certain treatments.
The pustules continued to get worse and after a second extraction Juli's face was almost entirely covered by small, angry pimples.
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Origin and Etymology of pustule
Middle English, from Latin pustula; akin to Lithuanian pusti to blow, Greek physa breath
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of pustule for English Language Learners
medical : a small bump on the skin that contains or produces pus
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