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[pap-uh-ler-ee, puh-pil-uh-ree] /ˈpæp əˌlɛr i, pəˈpɪl ə ri/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a papilla or papillae.
having or covered with papillae.
Origin of papillary
1660-70; < Latin papill(a) nipple + -ary
Related forms
interpapillary, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We know that the papillary lines bear a relation to the exquisite delicacy of the sense of touch.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • The inner surface is applied directly to the papillary layer of the true skin, and follows closely its inequalities.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • The indentations at the corners of the mouth in the papillary fringe are more prominent when the mouthparts are less extended.

  • Eczema verrucosum presents similar conditions, but, in addition, displays a tendency to papillary or wart-like hypertrophy.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • When the dissection reaches the papillary layer in the skin, as evidenced by the red color, further operative steps should cease.

  • A wart consists of both epidermic and papillary hypertrophy, the interior of the growth containing a vascular loop.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • Before either of these appeared, a minute papillary process of vascular pulp was formed in a cavity of the jaw.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
  • Anatomically the essential feature is epidermic hypertrophy, with usually a varying degree of papillary hypertrophy also.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • Eruption fine and papillary on face; red and scarcely raised on arms.

  • In exceptional instances exuberant granulations appear— lupus hypertrophicus; or papillary outgrowths are noted—lupus verrucosus.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Word Origin and History for papillary

1660s, from Latin papilla (see papilla) + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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