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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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John presented with papules and nodules on his torso, legs and arms.
Singh SK, Tehseen M, Kalam A: Painless piezogenic pedal papules in a patient with rheumatic heart disease: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2002;68:107-8.
Deer ked dermatitis consists of a few to 20-50 red papules occurring mostly on the scalp, neck, and upper back.
GQ900666) from the papule specimen each had 100% identity to homologous gene sequences of SFGR detected recently in an eschar specimen from a patient from Peruibe, Sao Paulo (3).
Trichofolliculomas most commonly occur in adults as a solitary facial papule.
For 1 patient, we also received a swab from a skin papule.
4 percent of those patients receiving CosmoPlast; papules occurred in 8.
Mucocutaneous manifestations of secondary syphilis * Coppery red, asymptomatic, generalized maculopapular lesions * Split papules (especially at corners of lips or foreskin) * Psoriasiform patches on palms and soles * Moist, hypertrophic, coalescing papules in perineum (condyloma lata) * Depigmented macules on a hyperpigmented background (back or sides of neck) * Alopecia (may be patchy ["moth-eaten"] or diffuse) * Oval mucous patches in mouth (palate, tongue, mucosa) or vaginal introitus Table 3.
Close examination of a papule with a magnifying lens reveals a network of gray streaks (Wickham's striae).
DNA extracted from skin-biopsy specimens of the proximal tibial eschar and a shoulder papule was positive by 2 real-time PCR assays designed to amplify segments of the 17-kDa antigen and outer membrane protein B genes of all Rickettsia spp.
Most present as a solitary violaceous papule or nodule on the head neck or trunk.
In documented rickettsialpox cases, the presence of a papule that ulcerates and becomes a scar approximately 0.