[ 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.

Origin of areola

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


a·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for areolar

/ (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 areola

areolar or areolate (əˈrɪəlɪt, -ˌleɪt), adjectiveareolation (əˌrɪəˈleɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for areola

C17: from Latin: diminutive of area
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Medicine definitions for areolar

[ ə-rēə-lə ]

n. pl. a•re•o•las

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.

Other words from areola

a•reo•lar null adj.
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