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[pap-yool] /ˈpæp yul/
noun, Pathology
a small, somewhat pointed elevation of the skin, usually inflammatory but nonsuppurative.
1855-60; < Latin papula pimple, pustule, akin to papilla nipple. See pap2, -ule
Related forms
papular, adjective
[pap-yuh-lohs] /ˈpæp yəˌloʊs/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for papule


noun (pl) -ules, -ulae (-jʊˌliː)
(pathol) a small solid usually round elevation of the skin
Derived Forms
papular, adjective
papuliferous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin papula pustule, pimple
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Word Origin and History for papule

1864, from Latin papula "pustule, pimple, swelling" (see pap (n.2)). Related: Papular.

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papule in Medicine

papule pap·ule (pāp'yōōl)
n. pl. pap·ules or pap·u·lae (-yə-lē')
A small, solid, usually inflammatory elevation of the skin that does not contain pus.

pap'u·lar (-yə-lər) adj.
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