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n. pl. pa·pil·lae (-pĭl′ē)
1. A small nipplelike projection, such as a protuberance on the skin, at the root of a hair or feather, or at the base of a developing tooth.
2. One of the small, round or cone-shaped protuberances on the top of the tongue that contain taste buds.
3. A pimple or pustule.
4. Botany A minute projection on the surface of a stigma, petal, or leaf.

[Latin, nipple, diminutive of papula, swelling, pimple.]

pap′il·lar′y (păp′ə-lĕr′ē, pə-pĭl′ə-rē) adj.
pap′il·late′ (păp′ə-lāt′, pə-pĭl′ĭt) adj.
pap·il·lose (păp′ə-lōs′, pə-pĭl′ōs′) adj.
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Adj.1.papillary - of or relating to or resembling papilla


, papillate
a. papilar, rel. a una papila.


adj papilar
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Lesions occurring in the axilla or breast may be confused with primary breast cancer or a papillary neoplasm.
1) One of the most common diagnosed types of DCT is papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC).
Objective: To compare the accuracy and feasibility of methylene blue and nano-carbon in clinical tracing of sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) in patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC).
In addition, follicular tumors with borderline nuclear features of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) or well-differentiated tumors of uncertain malignant potential have been proposed as potential precursor lesions.
However, nasopharyngeal papillary adenocarcinoma is a rare primary tumor of this location.
1,2] About 75-85% of thyroid cancers are papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) making it the most common malignant tumor among all thyroid cancers.
Of these pathologies, papillary lesions are the most likely to present as cystic masses.
Papillary carcinoma is the most common malignant lesion of the thyroid gland.
Background: Previous studies have demonstrated that ultrasonography is the recommended imaging modality for preoperative staging of papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs).
Key Words: Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Verrucous carcinoma, Papillary squamous cell carcinoma.
SUMMARY--The aim of the study was to determine the influence of RET, p27 and cyclin D1 on regional lymph node metastases in papillary microcarcinoma.
Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid is the most common form of thyroid malignancy, generally carries a good prognosis and tends to metastasize locally to regional lymph nodes.