pap·​ule | \ ˈpa-(ˌ)pyül How to pronounce papule (audio) \

Definition of papule

: a small solid usually conical elevation of the skin

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Examples of papule in a Sentence

the reddish, itchy papules that are characteristic of the rash
Recent Examples on the Web Soldiers marching to Rome from Mesopotamia in late 165 AD were ill, many covered in red and black papules that eventually would scab over and fall off. Fox News, 22 Apr. 2020 The symptoms, described by famous Roman physician Galen, were unpleasant: diarrhea, coughing, fever, dry throat and the aforementioned papules. Fox News, 22 Apr. 2020 The researchers concluded that both formulations were effective at treating rosacea, especially the papules and pustules associated with the condition. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 5 Mar. 2019 For those with mainly papules and pustules, there are over-the-counter treatment solutions that work. Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, 27 Dec. 2016 Just like non-inflammatory acne, salicylic acid can help those suffering with papules and postules, as well as exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic and lactic acids among others). Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, 27 Dec. 2016 Even Angi’s skin seemed possessed of that perfect sense of motion: ivory pale and patterned purple-red by the papules that spiraled up and down her arms, legs, and cheeks like a paisley print. Sarah Harris, The Cut, 6 Apr. 2018 Renée says there are a few different ways to approach this kind of blemish, formally known as papules. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, 7 Mar. 2018 Cysts are also common, and like penile papules, generally not a big deal. Jenna Birch,, 16 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of papule

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papule

Latin papula

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pap·​ule | \ ˈpap-(ˌ)yül How to pronounce papule (audio) \

Medical Definition of papule

: a small solid usually conical elevation of the skin caused by inflammation, accumulated secretion, or hypertrophy of tissue elements

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