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papilla

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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



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