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A boil, also called a furuncle, is a deep folliculitis, infection of the hair follicle. It is most commonly caused by infection by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, resulting in a painful swollen area on the skin caused by an accumulation of pus and dead tissue.

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A pimple, zit or spot is a kind of acne, and one of the many results of excess oil getting trapped in the pores.

pimple n : a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne [syn: {hickey}]

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Pimple \Pim"ple\, n. [AS. p[=i]pelian to blister; cf. L. papula pimple.] 1. (Med.) Any small acuminated elevation of the cuticle, whether going on to suppuration or not. ``All eyes can see a pimple on her nose.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: A swelling or protuberance like a pimple. ``A pimple that portends a future sprout.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • pimple: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • pimple: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • pimple: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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