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1. any of various skin diseases marked by the formation of soft rounded cutaneous tumors.
2. molluscum contagiosum. adj., adj mollus´cous.
molluscum contagio´sum a common, benign, usually self-limited viral disease of the skin marked by the formation of firm, rounded, translucent, crateriform papules containing caseous matter and intracytoplasmic inclusions (molluscum bodies), which contain replicating virions. The disease is spread by contact and is common in young children. In adults, lesions in the pubic area indicate sexual transmission.

Treatment consists of curettage or light cauterization with an electric cautery.
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A disease marked by the occurrence of soft rounded tumors of the skin.
[L. molluscus, soft]
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n. pl. mollus·ca (-kə)
Any of various skin diseases in which soft spherical tumors form on the face or the body.
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(mŏ-lŭs′kŭm) [L., soft]
A mildly infective skin disease marked by tumor formations on the skin. molluscous (mŏ-lŭs′kŭs), adjective
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molluscum contagiosum

A rash composed of small dome-shaped papules with a central crater that is said to be “umbilicated” (dimpled or belly button–shaped). Cheesy (caseous) material fills the dimple's core. A pox virus causes the rash, which is commonly spread by person-to-person contact among children and young adults. Widespread lesions are sometimes identified on the skin of immunosuppressed patients (e.g., patients with AIDS). Lesions in the groin, on the genitals, or on the upper thighs usually are sexually transmitted. See: illustration


Some lesions may heal spontaneously and require no therapy. Persistent papules can be removed with curettage or frozen with liquid nitrogen.

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