pustule


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pus·tule

 (pŭs′cho͞ol, pŭs′tyo͞ol)
n.
1. A small inflamed elevation of the skin that is filled with pus; a pimple.
2. A small swelling similar to a blister or pimple.
3. Something likened to an inflamed, pus-filled lesion: "a cool glimpse of green between hot pustules of sooty sprawl" (Nicholas Proffitt).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pūstula, blister.]

pustule

(ˈpʌstjuːl)
n
1. (Pathology) a small inflamed elevated area of skin containing pus
2. (Pathology) any small distinct spot resembling a pimple or blister
[C14: from Latin pustula a blister, variant of pūsula; compare Greek phusallis bladder, phusa bellows]
pustular adj

pus•tule

(ˈpʌs tʃʊl)

n.
1. a small elevation of the skin containing pus.
2. any pimplelike or blisterlike swelling or elevation.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin pūstula, pūsula a pimple, blister]
pus′tuled, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pustule - a small inflamed elevation of skin containing puspustule - a small inflamed elevation of skin containing pus; a blister filled with pus
bleb, bulla, blister - (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid
hickey, pimple, zit - a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne
pock - a pustule in an eruptive disease

pustule

noun boil, spot, gathering, blister, ulcer, fester, pimple, abscess, zit (slang) She had a large number of little pimples and pustules on her face.
Translations

pustule

[ˈpʌstjuːl] Npústula f

pustule

nPustel f, → Eiterpickel m

pus·tule

n. pústula, costra, elevación pequeña de la piel que contiene pus;
pop. postilla.

pustule

n pústula
References in classic literature ?
Little red spots were produced on the tender skin of the arm, which appeared as if they would have formed watery pustules, but did not.
Over the south side of this place bent the wrinkled and sullen façade of the Hôtel Dieu, and its roof, which seemed covered with warts and pustules.
Well, I get a lot of flatulence when I'm nervous" Actor Martin Clunes "This lately exploded pustule on the posterior of the British body politic" Description of Gordon Brown's former aide Damian McBride, by London mayor Boris Johnson "The only unforgivable crime is to tell everybody in the pub that we are doomed and mean it.
Gram stains of blood and pustule swabs showed large, pleomorphic, gram-negative bacilli with long filaments and irregular swellings.
The delicate durum mess of Loop, 1993-95, is a single box of pasta, each noodle joined end-to-end; the sweet pink pustule wedged in the corner, Untitled, 1990, could be an egg sac or a boil but is bubble gum smoothed into a sphere; the calm natatorial geometry of Untitled, 1989, becomes heady when you smell its waves of minty blue; the spiral on an alabaster surface recalling Rrose Selavy's whirligig rotatives (Rrose herself existing only as a signature or reproduction of someone who never was) is pubic hair on a piece of soap.
Pus of intact pustule was collected for cytological examination, which showed degenerated and non-degenerated neutrophils, while culture and antibiotic sensitivity tests showed presence of Staphylococcusintermedius in the lesion with best sensitivity for amoxicillin clavullonic acid.
The patient stated that a small pustule developed on his left leg 3 months earlier, 1 week after he fished in a lake with standing water.
The strip test can detect the presence of the pathogen at the very early stages of infection, from chlorotic lesions (before formation of a pustule) to immature pustules (not releasing spores).
Typically, the lesions begin as an erythematous pustule or nodule on an extremity.
A smear from the malignant pustule on the left cheek demonstrated anthrax bacilli.
Superinfection of the lesions had led to pustule formation, suppuration, and ulceration.
A 26-year-old healthy laboratory worker, previously vaccinated against smallpox in childhood, sought treatment in March 2002 with a history of pain followed by the appearance of erythema and a pustule on the left thumb (Figure 1A).