Medical Dictionary

papilla

13 ENTRIES FOUND:

papilla

noun pa·pil·la \pə-ˈpil-ə\
plural pa·pil·lae \-ˈpil-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\

Definition of PAPILLA

:  a small projecting body part similar to a nipple in form: as a :  a vascular process of connective tissue extending into and nourishing the root of a hair, feather, or developing tooth b :  any of the vascular protuberances of the dermal layer of the skin extending into the epidermal layer and often containing tactile corpuscles c :  renal papilla d :  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

February 27, 2015
rationale Hear it
An explanation or underlying reason
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears