Macule

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A macule is a flat circumscribed area of skin of altered skin colour (relative to other skin of the same person).

Macules are not elevated above or depressed below the level of surrounding skin, unlike - for example, papules - which are higher than the surrounding skin.

The word 'macule' is included in this section because it is a type of skin lesion. Study of skin lesions is required as part of many courses in aspects of health and holistic therapies, especially bodywork therapies.

See also types of skin lesions (all on one page). This may interest students of massage, reflexology, holistic treatments of various types, beauty therapies, and other health related courses.

Further information about skin includes the structure of skin (with diagram), an explanation of what dermatology means and includes and textbooks about dermatology.

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