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.
Origin of areola
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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
Word Origin for areola
C17: from Latin: diminutive of area
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"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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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.
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