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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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Hyperpigmented papules and plaques with mild scale are present on his central chest and back, converging toward the center of the chest and back and extending through the inframammary areas bilaterally.
On physical exam, lesions appear as monomorphous, edematous papules and plaques that may develop vesicles.
A 55-year-old man presented with 4-year history of multiple, asymptomatic, symmetric, discrete papules on forehead, nose, scalp, neck, beard area, behind the ears, dorsa of his hands, flexor aspects of forearms and back (Figure 1).
On examination, there were multiple, well-defined, dark brown skin coloured, nontender, compressible, soft papules and nodules coalescing to form cerebriform plaques present over left side of back involving the T7, T8, T9 dermatomes of size 10 X 6 cm.
To the Editor: A 48-year-old woman presented with a plaque on her left helix that had persisted for 20 years, erythemas and scales on both earlobes present for 9 months, and papules on both thighs present for 6 months.
Then there are nodules, or the term for large papules:&nbsp;While whiteheads and blackheads are caused by dead skin cells, oil, and dirt blocking pores, papules and pustules are a little worse, caused by the pore walls breaking open.
No treatment was associated with reduced duration of erythema, papules, or vesicles.
Primary endpoint was absolute change in number of inflammatory lesions, including papules and pustules, while secondary endpoint was improvement of the Investigator Global Assessment of severity.
It is typically characterized by hoarseness from early infancy, together with various cutaneous manifestations such as waxy papules, acneiform scarring, and eyelid beading (moniliform blepharosis) (1, 2).
Round papules (black and white in color) noted over the forehead, cheeks, neck and chin.
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