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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.
n, pl -lae (-ˌliː) or -las
(Anatomy) anatomy any small circular area, such as the pigmented ring around the human nipple or the inflamed area surrounding a pimple
[C17: from Latin: diminutive of area]
aˈreolar, areolate adj
a•re•o•la(əˈri ə lə)
n., pl. -lae (-ˌli)
1. a ring of color, as around the human nipple.
2. a small interstice, as between the fibers of connective tissue.
a•re′o•late (-lɪt, -ˌleɪt) a•re′o•lat`ed, adj.
The pigmented ring around a nipple.
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|Noun||1.||areola - small space in a tissue or body part such as the area between veins on a leaf or an insect's wing|
interstice - a small structural space between tissues or parts of an organ; "the interstices of a network"
|2.||areola - small circular area such as that around the human nipple or an inflamed area around a pimple or insect bite|
region, area - a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"