List of dermatology terminology

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This is a list of terminology relating to skin conditions.[1]

Skin terminology
Term Types Main sign Image
Acantholysis[1] Blister Pemphigus vulgaris (DermNet NZ pemphigus-vulgaris-18).jpg
Atrophy Frontal linear scleroderma 1.JPEG
Autoeczematization Autoeczematisation (DermNet NZ systemic-w-itchy-skin-31).jpg
Burrow Scabies-burrow.jpg
Blister Vesicle


[2] Smlp6860.jpg
Crust Impetigo with crusts
Comedo Open comedones (DermNet NZ acne-comedones-57-v2).jpg
Cyst Gardner syndrome (DermNet NZ lesions-cyst4).jpg
Erosion [3] Erosive oral lichen planus (DermNet NZ site-age-specific-s-elp5).jpg
Fissure Angular Cheilitis.JPG
Hyperkeratosis Flegel disease (DermNet NZ scaly-flegel2).jpg
Hyperpigmentation Melasma.png
Hypopigmentation Postinflammatory hypopigmentation after recovery from dengue-like rash in a patient with suspected COVID19. (DermNet NZ covid-postinflammatory-008).jpg
Lichenification[1] Lichen simplex chronicus 2.jpg
Macule PMC5138234 fphar-07-00467-g0001.png
Milia Eyelid milia (DermNet NZ milia-25).jpg
Morbilliform Morbilliform rash (DermNet NZ reactions-morbilliform1).jpg
Nodule Atypical fibroxanthoma (DermNet NZ lesions-afx4).jpg
Papule [2] Fibrous papule of the nose (DermNet NZ lesions-fibrous-papule2).jpg
Patch Vitiligo2.JPG
Petechiae Smaller than purpura[2] Purpura.jpg
Pimple Acne-face 38 (DermNet NZ acne-acne-face-acne-face-38).jpg
Plaque Classical violaceous polygonal plaques (DermNet NZ scaly-lp1).jpg
Purpura Larger than petechiae[2] Blueberry muffin baby.jpg
Pustule A pustule.jpg
Scale Pytriasis amintaceus new photo for good diagnosis,type of eczema,scales infiltration.jpg
Scar [4] Hypertrophic scar (DermNet NZ procedures-surgical-scar03).jpg
Serpiginous Larva Migrans Cutanea.jpg
Telangiectasia Dermoscopy nodular basal cell carcinoma.jpg
Ulcer Diabetic Foot Ulcer.jpg

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Johnstone, Ronald B. (2017). "1. The basics". Weedon's Skin Pathology Essentials (2nd ed.). Elsevier. pp. 1–10. ISBN 978-0-7020-6830-0. Archived from the original on 2023-07-15. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Dinulos, James G. H. (2019). "1. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy". Habif' Clinical Dermatology (7th ed.). Elsevier. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-323-61269-2. Archived from the original on 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-06-08.
  3. James, William D.; Elston, Dirk; Treat, James R.; Rosenbach, Misha A.; Neuhaus, Isaac (2020). "2. Cutaneous signs and diagnosis". Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology (13th ed.). Elsevier. pp. 11–17. ISBN 978-0-323-54753-6.
  4. Langlais, Robert P.; Miller, Craig S.; Gehrig, Jill S. (2017). "18. Diagnostic and descriptive terminology: macule, patch, erosion, ulcer". Color Atlas of Common Oral Diseases, Enhanced Edition (5th ed.). Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning. pp. 17–30. ISBN 978-1-284-24098-6. Archived from the original on 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-06-13.