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Macule

 

A macule is a flat, distinct, discolored area of skin that is usually less than 1 centimeter wide. It usually does not include a change in skin texture or thickness.

 

References

Habif TP, ed. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby; 2009:chap 1.

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