[ uh-ree-uh-luh ]
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noun,plural a·re·o·lae [uh-ree-uh-lee], /əˈri əˌli/, a·re·o·las.Biology.
  1. a ring of color, as around the human nipple.

  2. a small interstice, as between the fibers of connective tissue.

Origin of areola

1655–65; <Latin, equivalent to āre(a) area + -ola-ole1

Other words from areola

  • a·re·o·lar, adjective
  • a·re·o·late [uh-ree-uh-lit, -leyt], /əˈri ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/, a·re·o·lat·ed [uh-ree-uh-ley-tid], /əˈri əˌleɪ tɪd/, adjective
  • ar·e·o·la·tion [air-ee-uh-ley-shuhn], /ˌɛər i əˈleɪ ʃən/, noun
  • mul·ti·a·re·o·late, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for areola


/ (əˈrɪələ) /

nounplural -lae (-ˌliː) or -las
  1. anatomy any small circular area, such as the pigmented ring around the human nipple or the inflamed area surrounding a pimple

Origin of areola

C17: from Latin: diminutive of area

Derived forms of areola

  • areolar or areolate (əˈrɪəlɪt, -ˌleɪt), adjective
  • areolation (əˌrɪəˈleɪʃən), noun

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