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pustule n : a small inflamed elevation of skin containing pus; a blister filled with pus

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pustule (plural pustules)
  1. A small accumulation of pus in the epidermis or dermis.
  2. A pimple filled with pus


A small accumulation of pus in the epidermis or dermis
A pimple filled with pus

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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. They form when clogged pores rupture under the surface. Usually found in oily areas. Also caused from clogged pores and squeezing blackheads.
pustule in Italian: Pustola

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