are·​o·​la | \ ə-ˈrē-ə-lə How to pronounce areola (audio) ; ˌer-ē-ˈō- How to pronounce areola (audio) , ˌa-rē- \
plural areolae\ ə-​ˈrē-​ə-​ˌlē How to pronounce areola (audio) , ˌer-​ē-​ˈō-​ˌlē , ˌa-​rē-​ \ or areolas

Definition of areola

: a small area between things or about something especially : a colored ring (as about the nipple, a vesicle, or a pustule)

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Other Words from areola

areolar \ ə-​ˈrē-​ə-​lər How to pronounce areola (audio) \ adjective
areolate \ ə-​ˈrē-​ə-​lət How to pronounce areola (audio) \ adjective

Examples of areola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cosmetic and medical tattoo artist Mandy Sauler has been practicing nipple-areola tattooing for the past nine years, and currently works with Penn Medicine’s Ruth & Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine in Philadelphia. Angelina Ruiz, Allure, "The Complete Guide to Nipple-Tattooing," 14 Oct. 2020 The entire areola and nipple area looks like a small, raised mound on top of the breast. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "The 8 Most Common Nipple Types And What You Need to Know About Them," 6 July 2020 While holding her, position your baby’s mouth toward the bottom of your areola, while touching her upper lip with your nipple. New York Times, "How to Breastfeed During the First 2 Weeks of Life," 18 Apr. 2020 Women with accessory breast tissue can have extra nipples or areolas; this condition is called polythelia. Maggie O'neill,, "This Woman Started Lactating From Her Vulva After Childbirth—Here’s How That Can Happen," 12 June 2019 The ring of color around each of your nipples is called the areola. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "9 Weird Things About Your Boobs That Are Totally Average," 10 Oct. 2017 In the study, published this week in Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, University of Queensland researchers measured the nipple size—including the areola—of 63 consenting undergrads between ages 18 and 33. Sarah Klein,, "Scientists Went Around Measuring a Bunch of Nipples—and Found Something Surprising," 27 June 2018 Images capture blood, vulvas, placenta, areola, crowning shots, and inaugural breastfeeding. Allison Yarrow, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Childbirth Photos Instagram Didn't Want You to See," 11 May 2018 Hairy: Stray, dark hairs growing out of the areola area are normal. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "There Are 8 Types of Nipples in the World," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of areola

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for areola

New Latin, from Latin, small open space, diminutive of area

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“Areola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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are·​o·​la | \ ə-ˈrē-ə-lə How to pronounce areola (audio) \
plural areolae\ -​ˌlē How to pronounce areola (audio) \ or areolas

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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