areola

[uh-ree-uh-luh]
noun, plural areolae [uh-ree-uh-lee] , areolas. Biology.
1.
a ring of color, as around the human nipple.
2.
a small interstice, as between the fibers of connective tissue.

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

areolar, adjective
areolate [uh-ree-uh-lit, -leyt] , areolated [uh-ree-uh-ley-tid] , adjective
areolation [air-ee-uh-ley-shuhn] , noun
multiareolate, adjective
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areola (əˈrɪələ)
 
n , pl -lae, -las
anatomy any small circular area, such as the pigmented ring around the human nipple or the inflamed area surrounding a pimple
 
[C17: from Latin: diminutive of area]
 
a'reolar
 
adj
 
areolate
 
adj
 
areolation
 
n

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areola
"colored circle around a nipple," 1706, from L., lit. "small area," dim. of area. Introduced in this sense 1605 by Swiss anatomist and botanist Caspar Bauhin (1560-1624).
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areola a·re·o·la (ə-rē'ə-lə)
n. pl. a·re·o·las or a·re·o·lae (-lē')

  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.


a·re'o·lar or a·re'o·late (-lĭt) adj.
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The areola is colored from pink to dark brown and has several sebaceous glands.
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