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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.
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A circumscribed, solid elevation up to 1 cm in diameter on the skin. A papule may be pedunculated, sessile, or filiform.
[L. papula, pimple]
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(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.
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A small, circumscribed, solid elevation on the skin.
[L. papula, pimple]
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(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.
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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.
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A small hard elevation of the skin.
Mentioned in: Rickettsialpox, Rosacea, Yaws
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A circumscribed, solid elevation on the skin; may be pedunculated, sessile, or filiform.
[L. papula, pimple]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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Os tipos de lesoes nao diferiram daquelas encontradas em estudo realizado na mesma unidade de saude em 20068, que evidenciou como lesoes mais frequentes o eritema (37,15%), papula (29,57%), crosta (7,62%) e pustula (6,66%).
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Luego de un periodo de incubacion de 1 a 7 dias, aparece en el sitio de inoculacion, generalmente areas expuestas (cara, cuello, brazos, antebrazos, manos), una papula que evoluciona a ampolla, que luego se rompe, formando una costra hemorragica, con edema y eritema perilesional, acompanado de necrosis y formacion de escaras negras.
Notification is any subject of communication, arbitrary verbal and non-verbal facts and events having a signal nature (Papula and Volna 2012, Dudova 2014).
Ocurre en el 6 % de pacientes con sida [2,3], y frecuentemente inicia como una papula indolora que se ulcera en el centro, similar al molusco contagioso, aunque puede manifestarse con cualquier tipo de lesion cutanea [1-3].
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