pl. -·lae· or -·las
- a small space, as between the veins of a leaf or the ribs of an insect's wing
- Anat. a small area around something, as the dark ring around a nipple
- Biol. a small hollow in a surface
Origin of areolaModern Latin ; from L, diminutive of area: see area
nounpl. a·re·o·lae or a·re·o·las
- A small ring of color around a center portion, as about the nipple of the breast or the part of the iris surrounding the pupil of the eye.
- A small space or interstice in a tissue or part, such as the area bounded by small veins in a leaf or the wing of an insect. In both senses also called areole.
Origin of areolaLatin areola, small open space, diminutive of area, open place; see area.
- a·re′o·lar, a·re′o·late
(plural areolas or areolae or areolæ)
- Not to be confused with aureola.
From Latin āreola (“small vacant space, garden”)