- a ring of color, as around the human nipple.
- a small interstice, as between the fibers of connective tissue.
Origin of areola
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- anatomy any small circular area, such as the pigmented ring around the human nipple or the inflamed area surrounding a pimple
C17: from Latin: diminutive of area
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Word Origin and History for areolas
"colored circle around a nipple," 1706, from Latin areola, literally "small area," diminutive of area (see area). Introduced in this sense 1605 by Swiss anatomist and botanist Caspar Bauhin (1560-1624).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small area.
- Any of numerous spaces or interstices in areolar tissue.
- Areola mammae.
- A pigmented, depigmented, or erythematous zone surrounding a papule, pustule, wheal, or cutaneous neoplasm.
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