[ uh-ree-uh-luh ]
/ əˈri ə lə /
noun, plural a·re·o·lae [uh-ree-uh-lee] /əˈri əˌli/, a·re·o·las. Biology.
a ring of color, as around the human nipple.
a small interstice, as between the fibers of connective tissue.
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OTHER WORDS FROM areolaa·re·o·lar, adjectivea·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/, adjectivear·e·o·la·tion [air-ee-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌɛər i əˈleɪ ʃən/, nounmul·ti·a·re·o·late, adjective
Words nearby areola
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Example sentences from the Web for areolae
Areolae that are retained in some older turtles are shed along with the epidermal layers formed in the first year or two of life.
British Dictionary definitions for areolae
/ (əˈrɪələ) /
noun plural -lae (-ˌliː) or -las
anatomy any small circular area, such as the pigmented ring around the human nipple or the inflamed area surrounding a pimple
Derived forms of areolaareolar or areolate (əˈrɪəlɪt, -ˌleɪt), adjectiveareolation (əˌrɪəˈleɪʃən), noun
Word Origin for areola
C17: from Latin: diminutive of area
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Medical definitions for areolae
[ ə-rē′ə-lə ]
n. pl. a•re•o•las
A small area.
Any of numerous spaces or interstices in areolar tissue.
A pigmented, depigmented, or erythematous zone surrounding a papule, pustule, wheal, or cutaneous neoplasm.
Other words from areolaa•re′o•lar null adj.
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