papillary

adjective

pap·​il·​lary ˈpa-pə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce papillary (audio)
especially British
pə-ˈpi-lə-rē How to pronounce papillary (audio)
: of, relating to, being, or resembling a papilla or nipple-shaped projection, mass, or structure : marked by the presence of papillae
papillary thyroid carcinoma
tumors with papillary projections

Word History

Etymology

alteration (by substition of the suffix -ary entry 2) of papillar, borrowed from New Latin papillāris "of the nipple," from Latin papilla "nipple" + -āris -ar — more at papilla

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papillary was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Papillary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papillary. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

papillary

adjective

pap·​il·​lary
ˈpap-ə-ˌler-ē, especially British pə-ˈpil-ə-rē
: of, relating to, or resembling a papilla : papillose

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