AskDefine | Define macule

Dictionary Definition

macule n : a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases [syn: macula]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

macule
  1. A spot.
  2. A blur, or an appearance of a double impression, as when the paper slips a little.

Verb

to macule
  1. To blur; especially to blur or double an impression from type.

Related terms

Italian

Noun

macule
  1. Plural of macula

Extensive Definition

The macule is the simplest dermatological lesion. It is flat and can only be seen and not felt. The macule is noted by a change in color of the skin. It may be brown, blue, red or exhibit a lesser pigment or an absence of pigment. The color of the lesion is one way in which a diagnosis may be focused.
Macules may develop as a result of cystic or otherwise severe acne. They occur after a pimple or cyst has healed, and may remain for up to six months. They are sometimes known in such cases as "pseudo-scars", but unlike true scars they are not permanent.

Macules by color

macule in French: Macule
macule in Dutch: Macula
macule in Polish: Plama (dermatologia)
macule in Vietnamese: Chấm (da liễu học)
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