A papule or small pustule; usually meant to denote an inflammatory lesion of acne.

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pim·ple 'pim-pəl n
1) a small inflamed elevation of the skin: PAPULE esp PUSTULE
2) a swelling or protuberance like a pimple
pim·pled -pəld adj
pim·ply -p(ə-)lē adj

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a small inflamed swelling on the skin that contains pus. It may be the result of bacterial infection of a skin pore that has become obstructed with fatty secretions from the sebaceous glands. Pimples occurring in large numbers on the chest, back, and face are usually described as acne, a common condition of adolescence.

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pim·ple (pimґpəl) a papule or pustule, usually of the face, neck, or upper trunk, most often due to acne vulgaris.

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