noun are·o·la \ə-ˈrē-ə-lə; ˌer-ē-ˈō-, ˌa-rē-\
plural are·o·lae\-ˌlē\ or are·o·las

Definition of AREOLA

:  a small area between things or about something; especially :  a colored ring (as about the nipple, a vesicle, or a pustule)
are·o·lar \-lər\ adjective
are·o·late \-lət\ adjective

Origin of AREOLA

New Latin, from Latin, small open space, diminutive of area
First Known Use: 1664

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral
Medical Dictionary


noun are·o·la \ə-ˈrē-ə-lə\
plural are·o·lae \-ˌlē\ or are·o·las

Medical Definition of AREOLA

:  a small area between things or about something: as a :  the colored ring around the nipple or around a vesicle or pustule b :  the portion of the iris that borders the pupil of the eye


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