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areola

 [ah-re´o-lah] (pl. are´olae) (L.)
1. a narrow zone surrounding a central area, e.g., the darkened area surrounding the nipple of the mammary gland.
2. any minute space or interstice in a tissue.
Chaussier's areola the indurated area encircling a malignant pustule.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

a·re·o·la

, pl.

a·re·o·lae

(ă-rē'ō-lă, -lē), Avoid the mispronunciation areo'la.
1. Any small area.
2. One of the spaces or interstices in areolar tissue.
3. Synonym(s): areola of breast
4. A pigmented, depigmented, or erythematous zone surrounding a papule, pustule, wheal, or cutaneous neoplasm. Synonym(s): halo (3)
[L. dim. of area]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

areola

(ə-rē′ə-lə, âr′ē-ō′lə)
n. pl. areo·lae (-lē′) or areo·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.

a·re′o·lar, a·re′o·late (-lĭt) adj.
a·re′o·la′tion n.
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areola

The circular area of pink-brown pigmented skin on the breast that immediately surrounds the nipple.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

a·re·o·la

, pl. areolae (ă-rē'ō-lă, -lē)
1. Any small area.
2. One of the spaces or interstices in areolar tissue.
3. Synonym(s): areola of breast.
4. A pigmented, depigmented, or erythematous zone surrounding a papule, pustule, wheal, or cutaneous neoplasm.
Synonym(s): halo (3) .
[L. dim. of area]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

areola

The pink or brown area surrounding the nipple of the female breast. It contains tiny protuberances under which are the areolar glands which lubricate the skin to protect it during suckling. From areola, the diminutive of the Latin area , a courtyard or space.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

a·re·o·la

, pl. areolae (ă-rē'ō-lă, -lē) Avoid the mispronunciation areo'la.
1. Any small area.
2. Pigmented, depigmented, or erythematous zone surrounding a papule, pustule, wheal, or cutaneous neoplasm.
[L. dim. of area]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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In leaves of the larger species, particularly in subgenus Panke, veinlets are found in a small minority of areoles.
Grooved or dimorphic areoles are probably informative character states within the Cacteae clade.
decurrens by having a sessile terminal pinna, with a broad cuneate base, and lateral spreading pinnae with over 8 areoles between the costae and pinna margins.
The initial explants (400 mammillae with areoles) were taken from the central zones of donor plants (average height: 6 cm) from the collection of Licznerski (Jaruzyn Kolonia near Bydgoszcz, Poland).
Hemelytra: Subparallel, impunctate, shiny, with scattered scalelike setae, intermixed with semi-erect, simple setae; basal width of cuneus about three fourths the length; membrane entire with two areoles, one large, one small and narrow.
Aspicilia contorta is easily recognised by the scattered areoles, convex, grey and more or less pruinose, and by the sunken apothecia.
Changes in height and diameter can be caused by changes in water status of the plant, but new areoles represent new tissue generated at the apical meristem.
Her cetacean breasts narrowed to the areoles like the snout of a humpback.