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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.


(ˈpæp əˌloʊs)

full of papillae.
pap`il•los′i•ty (-ˈlɒs ɪ ti) n.
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Adj.1.papillose - of or relating to or resembling papilla
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This subgenus was described by Reeder and Roth, (1988) based on "a prominent bulge at the anterior end of the upper, double-tubed chamber of the penis", and a flattened, papillose shell.
Siderastrea siderea forms larger colonies and larger corallites (3-5 mm) than the other species, has numerous septa (44-50), deep and papillose columellae, and thin synapticulae; and the septa alternate between corallites (Yonge, 1935; Laborel, 1970; Budd and Guzman, 1994; Beck, 2005; Menezes et al.
5 mm long, twice as much as petals, in two series, opposite and alternate to petals, filaments inserted on edge of annular, papillose disk; pistillode <1 mm long, reduced and rarely functional.
Leaves lanceolate, papillose, 142-154 x 6,5-12 cm; margins with irregularly spaced teeth, teeth 0,02 -0,03 cm long; spine 1,8-2,2 cm long, conic, firm, dark brown.
Peristome double, exostome cross-striolate below, papillose above; endostome segments papillose, membrane basal high, cilia none.
Acanthosis nigricans (AN) is characterized by hyperpigmented and papillose thickening of the epidermis, which is mainly present on the skin folds, such as the axillae, posterior neck, umbilicus, and occasionally mucosal surfaces [1, 2].
Plants papillose with inconspicuous indumentum, devoid of epicortical roots.
The carnivorous Mantophasmatodea also have a large proventriculus "armed with weak, papillose sclerites that terminate in three successive whorls of weakly sclerotized lobes" and an undifferentiated midgut (Klass et al.
The stigmatic surface is composed of unicellular simple short trichomes in Hymenaea courbaril (Figs, 1b and 4b); papillose cells in Bauhinia curvula (Figs, 1a and 4a), Caesalpinia echinata (Fig.
The stigma becomes receptive just prior (1 to 2 h) to anther dehiscence and is fleshy, papillose, and light violet (Chauhan et al.
The mouth is large, the lips fleshy on the outside and horny on the inner surfaces, and the lower lip is papillose.