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) \

Definition of papillary

: 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

First Known Use of papillary

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papillary

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

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The first known use of papillary was in 1667

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“Papillary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papillary. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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papillary

adjective
pap·​il·​lary | \ ˈpap-ə-ˌler-ē, especially British pə-ˈpil-ə-rē \

Medical Definition of papillary

: of, relating to, or resembling a papilla : papillose

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