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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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On physical exam, he is a healthy young boy with several skin-color, round papules 1-3 mm on the nose, forehead, and cheeks.
The lesions start as pink or skin-colored asymptomatic papules in a linear orientation following the lines of Blaschko.
The unidentified girl was said to have suffered a '10-day history of papules' - most often called skin lesions - on the soles of her feet and toes, as described and shown in a case study by the New England Journal of Medicine, released last March 28.
In our review of eighty-one cases reported in the Middle East and North Africa, we found variable incidence of mucocutaneous lesions that include multiple depressed acneiform scars on the face and extremities (96.29%, 78 cases), beaded eyelid papules (86.41%, 70 cases), thickening of the skin (51.85%, 42 cases), verrucous plaques on the knee and elbow (37.03%, 30 cases), involvement of the tongue (55.55%, 45 cases), and thickening of the frenulum (48.14%, 39 cases) [Table 3].
The rash presented as small pruritic erythematous papules on her face, ears, and arms; the trunk and lower extremities were spared.
We are describing a case of a 23-year-old male, presented in the Dermatology department of Mayo Hospital, with a ten year history of multiple erythematous papules and nodules that started from his chest region, just below his left nipple.
Polarized dermoscopy revealed multiple red papules with whitish areas of erosions [Figure 1]b.
Positive reactions appear as eczematous or vesicular papules or plaques.
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.
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.
Zika presented in a young, pregnant Florida woman as erythematous follicular macules and papules on the trunk and arms, scattered tender pink papules on the palms, and a few petechiae on the hard palate, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.