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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.


A disease marked by the occurrence of soft rounded tumors of the skin.
[L. molluscus, soft]


/mol·lus·cum/ (mŏ-lus´kum)
1. any of various skin diseases marked by the formation of soft rounded cutaneous tumors.
2. m. contagiosum.mollus´cous

molluscum contagio´sum  a viral skin disease caused by a poxvirus, with firm, round, translucent, crateriform papules containing caseous matter and peculiar capsulated bodies.


n. pl. mollus·ca (-kə)
Any of various skin diseases in which soft spherical tumors form on the face or the body.


(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.



any of various skin diseases in humans marked by the formation of soft rounded cutaneous tumors.

molluscum body
intracytoplasmic inclusion body, containing poxvirus particles, seen in keratinocytes in molluscum contagiosum.
molluscum contagiosum
a disease of the skin in humans and a similar condition in horses, macropods and chimpanzees caused by a virus in the genus Molluscipoxvirus. It is characterized by the formation of firm, rounded, translucent, crateriform papules containing caseous matter that occur mainly on the muzzle, penis, prepuce, and axillary and inguinal skin in horses. The lesions are usually an incidental finding. Two similar diseases occur in horses: viral papular dermatitis and uasin gishu disease.
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Epidemiology of molluscum contagiosum in children: a systematic review.
There is an increasing trend of viral STDs including molluscum contagiosum.
Identification and genotyping of molluscum contagiosum virus from genital swab samples by real-time PCR and pyrosequencing.
Molluscum most often affects children younger than 8-years-old, (5) with an average age of 5.
Researcher Dr Jonathan Olsen added: "The tool is freely available for use by doctors and if placed on a doctor's surgery website, alongside a link to our website, could potentially reduce molluscum contagiosum consultations as parents can successfully manage the condition at home.
No FDA-approved therapies for molluscum contagiosum currently exist.
In this retrospective study, the records of 170 children with the diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum were reviewed for a number of factors: the child's age, gender, treatment plan (treatment vs.
Cross, "The incidence of molluscum contagiosum, scabies and lichen planus," Epidemiology and Infection, vol.
Keywords: Molluscum contagiosum, Poxvirus, Virus diseases.
neoformans and not the umbilicated rash of molluscum contagiosum that it resembled.
Viral pathogens include Cytomegalovirus, Hepatitis, Herpes Simplex (HSV, genital herpes), Herpes Zoster (HZV, shingles), Human Papiloma Virus (HPV, genital warts, cervical cancer), Molluscum Contadiosum, Oral Hairy Leuloplakia (OHL) and Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy.
com/content/early/2013/02/15/sextrans-2012-050982) In a letter published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections on Tuesday, researchers from Archet Hospital in France and Emory University have found a correlation between pubic hair removal and a viral infection called molluscum contagiosum.