pustule

noun
pus·​tule | \ ˈpəs-(ˌ)chül How to pronounce pustule (audio) , -(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, hickey, 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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There were a few ways to variolate a person, but a common one was to dip a thread in a sick person’s smallpox pustule, and run it through a small incision in an uninfected person’s skin. Anna Rothschild, Washington Post, "Five surprising moments in vaccine history," 5 Sep. 2019 Pustular psoriasis is characterized by white pustules (or blisters of pus) surrounded by red skin, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). Lambeth Hochwald, Health.com, "What to Know About Pustular Psoriasis, According to Dermatologists," 29 Aug. 2019 After the ingrown hairs have been pulled and any pustules have been extracted, a vajacial in the form of a mask, or scrub or skin conditioner could be amazing. Essence, "Ask An OB-GYN: How Can I Make My Vagina Look and Feel Healthier?," 5 Aug. 2019 The final forms resemble soft sea creatures, or plants from a Dr. Seuss book, or odd Technicolor pustules. Nora Mcgreevy, BostonGlobe.com, "Art meets marketing for the Instagram age at the ICA," 13 June 2019 Mainly because there are two categories of breakouts: non-inflammatory (think whiteheads and blackheads) and inflammatory (pustules/zits, nodules, and cysts). Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 For those with mainly papules and pustules, there are over-the-counter treatment solutions that work. Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 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

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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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pustule

noun

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 How to pronounce pustule (audio) , -(ˌ)t(y)ü(ə)l How to pronounce pustule (audio) \

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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