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.
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Update Date 10/27/2014
Updated by: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.