papilla

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noun pa·pil·la \pə-ˈpi-lə\

Definition of papilla

plural

papillae

play \pə-ˈpi-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\
  1. :  a small projecting body part similar to a nipple in form:a :  a vascular process of connective tissue extending into and nourishing the root of a hair, feather, or developing tooth — see hair illustrationb :  any of the vascular protuberances of the dermal layer of the skin extending into the epidermal layer and often containing tactile corpusclesc :  any of the small protuberances on the upper surface of the tongue often containing taste buds

papillary

play \ˈpa-pə-ˌler-ē, especially British pə-ˈpi-lə-rē\ adjective

papillate

play play \ˈpa-pə-ˌlāt, pə-ˈpi-lət\ adjective

papillose

play \ˈpa-pə-ˌlōs, pə-ˈpi-ˌlōs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of papilla

Latin, nipple, from diminutive of papula pimple; akin to Lithuanian papas nipple


Medical Dictionary

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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