Papule

Definition

A papule is a solid or cystic raised spot on the skin that is less than 1 centimeter (cm) wide. It is a type of skin lesion.

Images

Molluscum contagiosum - close-up
Molluscum contagiosum - close-up of the chest
Lichen nitidus on the abdomen

References

Habif TP. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 1.

Review Date: 
9/3/2016
Reviewed By: 
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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