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)

Other Words from papilloma

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

Examples of papilloma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 There already is precedent with other vaccines (hepatitis B, human papilloma virus) for a three-dose primary series. Mark Kortepeter, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Aubrea Valencia, 29, a hair stylist, listened carefully as Ms. Bautista explained the reasons for the human papilloma virus and meningitis vaccines. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 Many viruses can replicate in humans and not cause symptoms, including enteroviruses, human polio virus, human papilloma virus and others, Laurens said. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 See More

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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 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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