AskDefine | Define papule

Dictionary Definition

papule n : a small inflamed elevation of skin that is nonsuppurative (as in chicken pox)

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  1. A small, inflammatory, irritated spot on skin; similar in appearance to a pimple, without containing pus.

Extensive Definition

A papule is a small, solid and usually conical elevation of the skin. Papules do not contain pus, which distinguishes them from pustules. Papules often occur in clusters and can accompany rashes.
A condition that causes a papule is called a "Papulosis". Examples of papuloses include:
  • Lymphomatoid papulosis
  • Bowenoid papulosis
  • Clear cell papulosis


Papules can be caused by:

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papule in German: Papel
papule in Esperanto: Papulo
papule in French: Papule
papule in Japanese: 丘疹
papule in Polish: Grudka
papule in Portuguese: Pápula
papule in Vietnamese: Sẩn (da liễu học)

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