Primary Care Dermatology Module
Nomenclature of Skin Lesions

Developed by Gary Williams, M.D. and Murray Katcher, M.D. Ph.D, Department of Pediatrics
with funding and support from the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) System

University of Wisconsin

Tutorial A: The Primary Lesions

  1. Macule
  2. Papule
  3. Nodule
  4. Tumor
  5. Plaque
  6. Vesicle
  7. Bullae
  8. Pustule
  9. Wheal
  10. Burrow
  11. Telangiectasia

Tutorial B: The Secondary Lesions

  1. Scale
  2. Crust
  3. Atrophy
  4. Lichenification
  5. Erosion
  6. Excoriation
  7. Fissure
  8. Ulceration
  9. Scar
  10. Eschar
  11. Keloids
  12. Petechiae, Purpura, and Ecchymoses

Tutorial C: Patterns and Distribution

  1. Annular
  2. Discrete
  3. Clustered
  4. Confluent
  5. Dermatomal, Zosteriform
  6. Eczematoid
  7. Follicular
  8. Guttate
  9. Iris or Target Lesions
  10. Koebner Phenomenon
  11. Linear Lesions
  12. Multiform
  13. Reticular
  14. Serpiginous
  15. Universalis
  16. Scarlatiniform
  17. Strawberry Tongue
  18. Morbilliform
  19. Satellite Lesions
  20. Patterns of Intentional or Unintentional Injury

After finishing the tutorials, you can take the Dermatology Quiz

Tutorials
Walk through three lessons on skin lesions, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Master Index
Find a certain skin lesion example and explanation through an alphabetical listing.

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