a ring of color, as around the human nipple.
a small interstice, as between the fibers of connective tissue.
noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː), -las
(anatomy) any small circular area, such as the pigmented ring around the human nipple or the inflamed area surrounding a pimple
nativized plural of areola (q.v.), which has its proper plural in areolae (see -ae).
“colored circle around a nipple,” 1706, from Latin areola, literally “small area,” diminutive of area (see area). Introduced in this sense 1605 by Swiss anatomist and botanist Caspar Bauhin (1560-1624).
areola a·re·o·la (ə-rē’ə-lə)
n. pl. a·re·o·las or a·re·o·lae (-lē’)
A small area.
Any of numerous spaces or interstices in areolar tissue.
A pigmented, depigmented, or erythematous zone surrounding a papule, pustule, wheal, or cutaneous neoplasm.
a·re’o·lar or a·re’o·late (-lĭt) adj.
- Areolar tissue
areolar tissue areolar tissue n. Loose, irregularly arranged connective tissue that consists of collagenous and elastic fibers, a protein polysaccharide ground substance, and connective tissue cells.
an areola. noun (biology) a space outlined on a surface, such as an area between veins on a leaf or on an insect’s wing a sunken area on a cactus from which spines, hairs, etc, arise
a member of the council of the Areopagus. Historical Examples And the goal of contemplation is to attain to the uniformity of Divine contemplation, as Denis the Areopagite says. On Prayer and The Contemplative Life St. Thomas Aquinas This is the ‘ascent to the Nought’ preached by the Areopagite. Ruysbroeck Evelyn Underhill Few biblical characters […]
a hill in Athens, Greece, W of the Acropolis. Greek History. the council that met on this hill, originally having wide public functions but later becoming a purely judicial body. any high tribunal. Historical Examples To this council were intrusted powers less extensive in theory than those of the Areopagus, but far more actively exerted. […]