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a small circumscribed, superficial, solid elevation of the skin with a diameter less than 1 cm (0.5 cm according to some authorities). (See plate in Dermatology Atlas.) See also plaque.
piezogenic p's transitory, noninflammatory, soft, sometimes painful, large papules appearing above the heel on the side of one or both feet, elicited by weight bearing associated with prolonged standing or running. They disappear when the pressure is removed.


A circumscribed, solid elevation up to 1 cm in diameter on the skin. A papule may be pedunculated, sessile, or filiform.
[L. papula, pimple]


/pap·ule/ (pap´ūl) a small, circumscribed, solid, elevated lesion of the skin.pap´ular


(păp′yo͞ol) also


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

pap′u·lar (-yə-lər) adj.


Etymology: L, papula, pimple
a small, solid, raised skin lesion less than 1 cm in diameter, such as that found in lichen planus and nonpustular acne. Compare macule. papular, adj.
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A small, circumscribed, solid elevation on the skin.
[L. papula, pimple]


(pap'ul) [L. papula, pimple]
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A small bump or pimple, typically larger than a grain of salt but smaller than a peppercorn, that rises above the surface of the neighboring skin. Papules may appear in numerous skin diseases, including prickly heat, psoriasis, xanthomatosis, eczema, and skin cancers. Their color may range from pale, to yellow, red, brown, or black. See: illustrationpapular (u-lar), adjective

dry papule


moist papule

Condyloma latum.

pearly penile papule

An asymptomatic white papule with a pink, white, or pearly surface on the dorsum of the penis of blacks and uncircumcised men. No treatment is indicated, just reassurance.

piezogenic pedal papule

A soft, painful, skin-colored papule present on the non–weight-bearing portion of the heel. It disappears when weight is taken off the foot and heel. This papule is caused by herniation of fat through connective tissue defects.

split papules

Fissures at the corners of the mouth; seen in some cases of secondary syphilis.


Any small, well-defined, solid skin elevation. Papules are usually less than 1 cm in diameter and may be smooth or warty. From the Latin papula, a pimple.


A small hard elevation of the skin.
Mentioned in: Rickettsialpox, Rosacea, Yaws


small, solid, circumscribed, elevated skin lesion


A circumscribed, solid elevation on the skin; may be pedunculated, sessile, or filiform.
[L. papula, pimple]

papule (pap´ūl),

n a small, circumscribed, solid elevated lesion.
papule, split,
n a secondary lesion of syphilis seen at the angle of the lips, resulting from the formation of a papule that becomes fissured because of its position.


a small circumscribed, solid, elevated lesion of the skin.

follicular papule
one arising from a hair follicle; hair projects from the center.
lichenoid papule
one that is elevated and flat-topped.
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7][1][11][15][5][19] The features described by Hoffman and Zurhelle such as multiple soft skin coloured, cerebriform papules and nodules coalesce into plaques were seen in our case.
Patients with CSD usually have gradual regional lymph node enlargement, accompanied by a papule, which develops in the scratch line after 3-10 days; the papule may persist for only a few days or as long as 2-3 weeks (9).
Healthcare practitioners should collect specimens promptly from the earliest signs of rash and small papules and submit them to an approved laboratory for testing for vaccinia virus by real-time PCR.
Treatments include antihistamine tablets taken orally to relieve pruritus and corticosteroid creams that are applied to the papules (Karppinen et al.
In reports of clinical cases of leprosy one can read: 'presence of papules and nodules or papulo-nodular lesions'.
parkeri are not widely available, and an accurate diagnosis is best made by using PCR testing of a biopsy specimen of eschars or papules.
The lesion began as a small papule at 1 month of age and grew over the course of the following year.
Palisaded encapsulated neuroma(PEN) is a benign intraneural neuroma presenting as a solitary, sessile,immobile, asymptomatic, skin-coloured papule or nodule, commonly affecting the butterfly area of the face of a middle-aged person.
ORAL CAVITY: Examination shows multiple small discrete papule over hard palate in cobble stone pattern.