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 (ə-rē′ə-lə, âr′ē-ō′lə)
n. pl. a·re·o·lae (-lē′) or a·re·o·las
1. A small ring of color around a center portion, as about the nipple of the breast or the part of the iris surrounding the pupil of the eye.
2. A small space or interstice in a tissue or part, such as the area bounded by small veins in a leaf or the wing of an insect. In both senses also called areole.

[Latin āreola, small open space, diminutive of ārea, open place; see area.]

a·re′o·lar, a·re′o·late (-lĭt) adj.
a·re′o·la′tion n.
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Adj.1.areolate - relating to or like or divided into areolaeareolate - relating to or like or divided into areolae; "areolar tissue"
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Subsequent fronds had oblong blades, with pinnately free veinlets, followed by the production of leaves with areolate venation (Fig.
Pronotum alutaceous and densely pubescent, lateral surface with areolate sculpture, more apparent in the anterior margin (Fig.
Pronotum: unicarinate, with a single median longitudinal carina; anteriorly without a small hood, but with a narrow collar terminating before lateral areolate margin; laterally pronotum without extensive areolate paranota, but carinate, and with anterior third enlarged, reflexed into notum and with 2-3 areoles; calli dark brown to black; pronotal width [male] 0.
Thallus a thin black or yellow crust, or a lobulate, areolate yellow crust, or not evident (growing within substrate); apothecial disk and margin yellow 2.