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[uh-ree-uh-luh] /əˈri ə lə/
noun, plural areolae
[uh-ree-uh-lee] /əˈri əˌli/ (Show IPA),
areolas. Biology
a ring of color, as around the human nipple.
a small interstice, as between the fibers of connective tissue.
1655-65; < Latin, equivalent to āre(a) area + -ola -ole1
Related forms
areolar, adjective
[uh-ree-uh-lit, -leyt] /əˈri ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/ (Show IPA),
[uh-ree-uh-ley-tid] /əˈri əˌleɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA),
[air-ee-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌɛər i əˈleɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
multiareolate, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for areolar
  • Images with dark and medium areolar pigmentation were rated as more attractive than images with light areolae.
  • The facial tube is loosely attached to the rectal wall by areolar tissue in order to allow of distension of the viscus.
  • The convolutions are held together by fine areolar tissue, and by bands of fibrous tissue.
British Dictionary definitions for areolar


noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː), -las
(anatomy) any small circular area, such as the pigmented ring around the human nipple or the inflamed area surrounding a pimple
Derived Forms
areolar, areolate (əˈrɪəlɪt; -ˌleɪt) adjective
areolation (əˌrɪəˈleɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: diminutive of area
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Word Origin and History for areolar



"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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areolar in Medicine

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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