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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.
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Origin of areola

1655–65; < Latin, equivalent to āre(a) area + -ola -ole1
Related formsa·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
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Historical Examples

  • Areolae that are retained in some older turtles are shed along with the epidermal layers formed in the first year or two of life.

    Natural History of the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata Agassiz

    John M. Legler

British Dictionary definitions for areolae


noun plural -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
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Derived Formsareolar or areolate (əˈrɪəlɪt, -ˌleɪt), adjectiveareolation (əˌrɪəˈleɪʃən), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: diminutive of area
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Word Origin and History for areolae



"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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

areolae in Medicine


n. pl. a•re•o•las
  1. A small area.
  2. Any of numerous spaces or interstices in areolar tissue.
  3. Areola mammae.
  4. A pigmented, depigmented, or erythematous zone surrounding a papule, pustule, wheal, or cutaneous neoplasm.
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Related formsa•reo•lar null adj.
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