pap·​il·​lo·​ma ˌpa-pə-ˈlō-mə How to pronounce papilloma (audio)
plural papillomas also papillomata ˌpa-pə-ˈlō-mə-tə How to pronounce papilloma (audio)
: a benign tumor (such as a wart) due to overgrowth of epithelial tissue on papillae of vascular connective tissue (as of the skin)
papillomatous adjective

Examples of papilloma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web HeLa allowed researchers to study polio, measles, papilloma virus (HPV), HIV and tuberculosis; it was used to create the first human-mouse cell hybrid, and even sent into space. Jill Neimark, Discover Magazine, 2 Oct. 2014 The antigen can then be injected directly, as in the hepatitis B vaccine, or used to build empty shells of viruses that lack genetic material, as in the vaccine against human papilloma virus. Bob Holmes, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2020 The company said revenue for its key cancer treatment Keytruda and for its human papilloma virus vaccines Gardasil and Gardasil 9, increased 20% and 15% in the period, respectively, boosted by growth in the U.S. and Chinese markets. Sabela Ojea, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 Also make sure your child is current with vaccinations, which may include tetanus, meningitis B, and the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine for cancer prevention. Diane Herbst,, 27 July 2022 Cottontail rabbits with the unusual appearance are infected with Shope papilloma virus (SPV), also known as the cottontail rabbit papillomavirus (CRPV), a wart-like condition that affects the species. Chloe Gonzales, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 Such viruses include Epstein-Barr, a type of herpes, which can cause mononucleosis and other illnesses; human papilloma, which can lead to cancer; and West Nile, which can cause memory and balance problems. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Nov. 2021 Vaccines for hepatitis A and varicella (chickenpox) always require two doses; human papilloma virus can require two or three; and hepatitis B can require up to four. Robert Klitzman, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 Not all papilloma growths are cancerous, but Dr. Fisher says about 10 to 15% of them may harbor a malignancy or precancerous cells. Ashley Abramson,, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papilloma was in 1860

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“Papilloma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


pap·​il·​lo·​ma ˌpap-ə-ˈlō-mə How to pronounce papilloma (audio)
plural papillomas also papillomata -mət-ə How to pronounce papilloma (audio)
: a benign tumor (as a wart or condyloma) resulting from an overgrowth of epithelial tissue on papillae of vascularized connective tissue (as of the skin) see papillomavirus

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