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papilla

play
noun pa·pil·la \pə-ˈpi-lə\

Definition of papilla

plural papillae play \-ˈpi-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\

  1. :  a small projecting body part similar to a nipple in form: a :  a vascular process of connective tissue extending into and nourishing the root of a hair, feather, or developing tooth — see hair illustration b :  any of the vascular protuberances of the dermal layer of the skin extending into the epidermal layer and often containing tactile corpuscles c :  any of the small protuberances on the upper surface of the tongue often containing taste buds

papillary play \ˈpa-pə-ˌler-ē, especially British pə-ˈpi-lə-rē\ adjective
papillate play \ˈpa-pə-ˌlāt, pə-ˈpi-lət\ adjective
papillose play \ˈpa-pə-ˌlōs, pə-ˈpi-ˌlōs\ adjective


Origin of papilla

Latin, nipple, from diminutive of papula pimple; akin to Lithuanian papas nipple


First Known Use: 1713


Medical Dictionary

papilla

play
noun pa·pil·la \pə-ˈpil-ə\

Medical Definition of papilla

plural papillae \-ˈpil-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\play play

  1. :  a small projecting body part similar to a nipple in form: asa:  a vascular process of connective tissue extending into and nourishing the root of a hair, feather, or developing toothb:  any of the vascular protuberances of the dermal layer of the skin extending into the epidermal layer and often containing tactile corpusclesc:  renal papillad:  any of the small protuberances on the upper surface of the tongue—see circumvallate papilla, filiform papilla, fungiform papilla, interdental papilla, optic papilla



Illustration of papilla


Learn More about papilla

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "papilla" Spanish Central: Translation of "papilla" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "papilla"


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