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) \

Definition of papilloma

: a benign tumor (such as a wart) due to overgrowth of epithelial tissue on papillae of vascular connective tissue (as of the skin)

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papillomatous \ ˌpa-​pə-​ˈlō-​mə-​təs How to pronounce papilloma (audio) \ adjective

Examples of papilloma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Certain strains of human papilloma virus (HPV) cause genital warts, which are typically flesh colored and raised and often aren’t accompanied by any other symptoms, says Dr. Ridgeway. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, "6 Causes for Vaginal Bumps You Should Know About," 25 Aug. 2020 It’s a striking omission, because head and neck cancer, mostly cancer of the throat, is the most common malignancy caused by HPV, the human papilloma virus, in the U.S. Matthew Herper, STAT, "FDA approves Gardasil 9, the HPV vaccine, to prevent head-and-neck cancer," 12 June 2020 However, developing vaccines based on viral proteins takes anywhere from years, such as for the human papilloma virus, to several decades, such as for rotavirus. Sanjay Mishra, The Conversation, "What the phase 1 trials of the first COVID-19 vaccine really mean," 21 May 2020 The woman was also found to have multiple intraductal papillomas or benign growths in her breasts. Maggie O'neill,, "The Growths On This Woman’s Lips Were Actually a Rare Sign That She's at Risk of Breast Cancer," 8 Apr. 2020 The human papilloma virus vaccine was tested in 30,000 people. Carolyn Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the extraordinary race to invent a coronavirus vaccine," 3 May 2020 Its Gardasil vaccine against the cancer-causing human papilloma virus had sales rise 46% to $886 million, and several other vaccines saw higher sales. Washington Post, "Merck’s global sales jump 12% in second quarter," 30 July 2019 The proteins of the human papilloma viruses, for instance, were arranged in five-fold pentagonal structures, rather than hexagonal ones. Quanta Magazine, "The Illuminating Geometry of Viruses," 19 July 2017 The Pap checks for abnormal cells that may become cancer cells, while the HPV test looks for the human papilloma virus, which can sometimes lead to cervical cancer. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Does A Pap Smear Hurt?!," 29 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of papilloma

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papilloma

New Latin

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“Papilloma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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pap·​il·​lo·​ma | \ ˌpap-ə-ˈlō-mə How to pronounce papilloma (audio) \
plural papillomas also papillomata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce papilloma (audio) \

Medical Definition of papilloma

: 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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