Papilla definition

pə-pĭlə
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(botany) A minute projection on the surface of a stigma, petal, or leaf.
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One of the small, round or cone-shaped protuberances on the top of the tongue that contain taste buds.
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(bot.) A tiny, protruding cell.
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Any small nipplelike projection or process of connective tissue, as the small elevations at the root of a developing tooth, hair, feather, etc. or the many and variously shaped elevations on the surface of the tongue.
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(rare) The nipple of the breast.
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A small nipplelike projection, such as a protuberance on the skin, at the root of a hair or feather, or at the base of a developing tooth.
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One of the small, round or cone-shaped protuberances on the top of the tongue that contain taste buds.
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A pimple or pustule.
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(botany) A minute projection on the surface of a stigma, petal, or leaf.
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A small part projecting from the surface of an organism. In mammals, the nipples of the mammary glands and the taste buds of the tongue are papillae. Papillae are often seen on the undersurfaces of mosses and ferns.
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(anatomy) A nipple-like anatomical structure.
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A small nipplelike projection, such as a protuberance on the skin, at the root of a hair or feather, or at the base of a developing tooth.
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A pimple or pustule.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
papilla
Plural:
papill, papillae

Origin of papilla

  • Latin nipple diminutive of papula swelling, pimple

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin papilla (“nipple").

    From Wiktionary