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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.


(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


(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.
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


n. pápula, protuberancia en la piel compuesta de materia sólida.
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Initially, a few small papules appeared on her face; the primary papules gradually enlarged, spreading to the neck and developing into nodules, plaque, partly purulent lesions, and sometimes fistulas associated with moderate pain and scarring.
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With that said, the two most prominent dermatoses of pregnancy are pruriticurticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, a condition now known under the umbrella term polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, and pemphigoid gestationis, previously called herpes gestationis.