Name = Pustule

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DiseasesDB = 29434
ICD10 = ICD10|L|08|9|l|00
ICD9 = ICD9|686.9
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A pustule is a small collection of pus [DorlandsDict|seven/000088739|pustule] in the top layer of skin (epidermis) or beneath it in the dermis.

A papule is similar, but does not contain pus. The term pimple is used to describe pustules and papules collectively.


Pustules frequently form in sweat glands or hair follicles. They form when clogged pores rupture under the surface. Usually found in oily areas. Also caused from clogged pores.

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  • pustule — [ pystyl ] n. f. • 1314; lat. pustula 1 ♦ Petite tumeur inflammatoire et purulente à la surface de la peau. ⇒ bouton. Les pustules de la variole. Pustule maligne : le charbon humain. 2 ♦ Chacune des petites vésicules ou saillies qui couvrent le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Pustule — Pus tule (?; 135), n. [L. pustula, and pusula: cf. F. pustule.] (Med.) A vesicle or an elevation of the cuticle with an inflamed base, containing pus. [1913 Webster] {Malignant pustule}. See under {Malignant}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pustule — late 14c., from O.Fr. pustule (13c.), from L. pustula blister, pimple, from PIE imitative root *pu blow, swell, on notion of inflated area (Cf. Skt. pupphusah lung, Gk. physa breath, blast, wind, bubble, Lith. puciu to blow, swell, O.C.S. puchati …   Etymology dictionary

  • pustule — *abscess, boil, furuncle, carbuncle, pimple …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pustule — Pustule. s. f. Petite vessie qui s esleve sur la peau. Dans la petite verole le corps est couvert de pustules. les pustules de la petite verole sont pleines d un pus qui cave la peau, qui marque la peau. il a des pustules seches. il luy est venu… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • pustule — ► NOUN ▪ a small blister or pimple containing pus. DERIVATIVES pustular adjective. ORIGIN Latin pustula …   English terms dictionary

  • pustule — [pus′cho͞ol΄, pus′tyo͞ol΄] n. [L pustula, blister, pimple < IE base * pu , echoic of blowing out cheeks, puffing > Gr physa, breath, bubble] 1. a small elevation of the skin containing pus 2. any small elevation like a blister or pimple …   English World dictionary

  • pustule — (pu stu l ) s. f. 1°   Terme de médecine. Petite tumeur cutanée qui suppure au sommet. •   Cette pustule [de variole, dans l inoculation] fait, dans le bras où elle est insinuée, l effet du levain dans un morceau de pâte, VOLT. Dict. phil.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Pustule — A pustule is a small collection of pus in the top layer of skin (epidermis) or beneath it in the dermis. Pustules frequently form in sweat glands or hair follicles. Pus is a mixture of inflammatory cells and liquid. Put somewhat more simply, a… …   Medical dictionary

  • pustule — [14] Despite the fact that pustules contain pus, there is no etymological connection between the two words. Pustule comes via Old French pustule from Latin pustula ‘blister’. This was a derivative of a prehistoric Indo European base *pu… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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