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n. pl. mol·lus·ca (-kə)
Any of various skin diseases in which soft spherical tumors form on the face or the body.

[Latin, a kind of fungus, from neuter of molluscus, soft; see mollusk.]
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1. (Medicine) a skin condition that manifests itself in the form of swollen protuberances
2. (Medicine) a swollen protuberance on the skin
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Noun1.molluscum - any skin disease characterized by soft pulpy nodulesmolluscum - any skin disease characterized by soft pulpy nodules
disease of the skin, skin disease, skin disorder - a disease affecting the skin
molluscum contagiosum - a virus disease of the skin marked by round white swellings; transmitted from person to person (most often in children or in adults with impaired immune function)
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Novan announced that the Company has recently completed patient recruitment in the Company's ongoing "B-SIMPLE" Phase 3 pivotal trials with SB206 for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum.
'We look forward to executing on additional upcoming milestones in the second half of 2019 with the planned submission of a New Drug Application for molluscum contagiosum, the request for an 'End of Phase 2' meeting with the FDA for common warts, and an expected investigational new drug application submission for VP-103 in plantar warts.
A friend of mine thinks he could have molluscum contagiosum as her toddler had a similar rash.
The product is a phase three topical antiviral gel for the treatment of skin infections, including molluscum contagiosum, a contagious skin infection caused by the molluscipoxvirus.
Small, firm, raised spots that can appear anywhere on the body are common in children and known as molluscum contagiosum.
The important consideration in these cases is not the horn, but the underlying pathology which may be benign (Seborrheic keratosis, viral warts, histiocytoma, inverted follicular keratosis, verrucous epidermal nevus, molluscum contagiosum, etc.), premalignant (Solar keratosis, arsenical keratosis, Bowen's disease) or malignant (Squamous cell carcinoma, rarely basal cell carcinoma, metastatic renal carcinoma, granular cell tumour, sebaceous carcinoma or Kaposi's sarcoma.
He exhibited umbilicated papulonodular lesions, resembling molluscum contagiosum lesions, scattered in the face, trunk, and lower and upper limbs, associated painful ulcers in the oral cavity and genital region.
For example, psoriasis gets worse when patients are off medication and better when they're on it, she said, while molluscum contagiosum and herpes simplex can actually worsen when patients start HIV drugs.
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is caused by the MC virus, a member of the poxvirus family.
present two cases of molluscum contagiosum, a cause of unilateral chronic conjunctivitis.