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 (păp′yo͞ol) also pap·u·la (-yə-lə)
n. pl. pap·ules also pap·u·lae (-yə-lē′)
A small, solid, usually inflammatory elevation of the skin that does not contain pus.

[Latin papula.]

pap′u·lar (-yə-lər) adj.
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(ˈpæpjuːl) or


n, pl -ules or -ulae (-jʊˌliː)
(Pathology) pathol a small solid usually round elevation of the skin
[C19: from Latin papula pustule, pimple]
ˈpapular, ˈpapuˌlose, ˈpapulous adj
ˌpapuˈliferous adj
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(ˈpæp yul)

a small, somewhat pointed, usu. inflammatory elevation of the skin.
[1855–60; < Latin papula pimple, pustule, akin to papilla nipple. See pap2, -ule]
pap′u•lar (-yə lər) adj.
pap′u•lose` (-yəˌloʊs) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.papule - a small inflamed elevation of skin that is nonsuppurative (as in chicken pox)
papulovesicle, vesicopapule - a papule that changes into a blister
hickey, pimple, zit - a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne
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n. pápula, protuberancia en la piel compuesta de materia sólida.
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DNA extracted from skin-biopsy specimens of the proximal tibial eschar and a shoulder papule was positive by 2 real-time PCR assays designed to amplify segments of the 17-kDa antigen and outer membrane protein B genes of all Rickettsia spp.
(3) Patients typically develop a fever and a skin papule. The papule usually evolves into an ulcer, which is accompanied by regional lymphadenopathy.
We report the case of a 68-year-old male with a white papule on the left lower eyelid, fully excised.
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Usually localized at the site of inoculation, CPXV lesions progress from a papule through vesiculation and pustulation into an ulcerative nodule, which is covered with an elevated border with a black eschar.
Typically the disease starts out as a single erythematous papule or wheal that begins within hours or as long as 10-12 days after exposure to anthrax spores.
In the randomized, split-face, controlled study of 18 adult Asian patients with moderate to severe acne, low-dose isotretinoin alone effectively controlled papule and pustule acne lesions, whereas NAFL had the additional effect of reducing the number of comedones and improving boxcar atrophic scars, reported Weihui Zeng, MD, and associates from the department of dermatology at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shanxi, China.
The mechanism of pain is poorly understood, but it may be related to neuropeptide release, pressure on nerve fibres within lesions or contraction of the arrector pili muscle.5 The diagnosis may be accomplished histopathology of the papule or nodule.
Second more rare form is the solitary form, presenting as an asymptomatic, solitary dome-shaped papule or nodule mimicking skin tag, hence also called pedunculated lipofibroma.