Definition of Areola

1. Noun. Small space in a tissue or body part such as the area between veins on a leaf or an insect's wing.

Generic synonyms: Interstice

2. Noun. Small circular area such as that around the human nipple or an inflamed area around a pimple or insect bite.
Exact synonyms: Ring Of Color
Generic synonyms: Area, Region
Group relationships: Boob, Bosom, Breast, Knocker, Tit, Titty
Derivative terms: Areolar

Definition of Areola

1. n. An interstice or small space, as between the cracks of the surface in certain crustaceous lichens; or as between the fibers composing organs or vessels that interlace; or as between the nervures of an insect's wing.

Definition of Areola

1. Noun. (anatomy) The colored circle around a nipple, more exactly known as areola mammae. ¹

2. Noun. (anatomy) Any small circular area that is different from its immediate environment such as the colored ring around the pupil of the eye (iris) or an inflamed region surrounding a pimple. ¹

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Definition of Areola

1. a small space in a network of leaf veins [n -LAE or -LAS] : AREOLAR, AREOLATE [adj]

Medical Definition of Areola

1. The circular field of dark coloured skin surrounding the nipple. (14 May 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Areola

arenonium ion
areola (current term)
areola mammae
areola of nipple
areola papillaris
areola umbilicus
areolar choroiditis
areolar choroidopathy
areolar gland abscess
areolar glands
areolar tissue

Literary usage of Areola

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Medical lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science, Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1866)
"areola is also applied to the coloured circle JJa'lo, Ifn'l'm, which surrounds the nipple, Are'- nla papilla'ri*t and which becomes much darker during ..."

2. A Treatise on the Science and Practice of Midwifery by William Smoult Playfair (1884)
"The areola becomes moist as well as dark in appearance ... During the latter mouths what has been called ' the secondary areola' is produced, and when well ..."

3. On the theory and practice of midwifery by Fleetwood Churchill (1853)
"l have a peculiar knotty glandular feel ; the areola darkens, and after some time, a milky fluid is secreted. But it must be recollected that the breasts ..."

4. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (1842)
"They observed that the areola once produced remained more or less ... They overlooked the marked difference between the areola of the pregnant mother, ..."

5. The Principles and practice of obstetrics by Gunning S. Bedford (1869)
"... and in the Male—Mammary Metastasis—Illustration—Tlie areola; its Value—Color not its Essential Attribute—Deposit of Black Pigment and Excitement of the ..."

6. A Treatise on the Diseases of the Breast and Mammary Region by Alfred Velpeau (1856)
"B. Inflammation of the areola.—The two varieties of inflammation and abscess just considered, also occur in the region of the areola, and in this respect ..."

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