Definition of Papilla

1. Noun. (botany) a tiny outgrowth on the surface of a petal or leaf.

Generic synonyms: Appendage, Outgrowth, Process
Category relationships: Botany, Phytology

2. Noun. A small nipple-shaped protuberance concerned with taste, touch, or smell. "The papillae of the tongue"
Group relationships: Receptor, Sense Organ, Sensory Receptor
Generic synonyms: Appendage, Outgrowth, Process
Derivative terms: Papillary

3. Noun. A small projection of tissue at the base of a hair or tooth or feather.
Generic synonyms: Appendage, Outgrowth, Process
Derivative terms: Papillary

Definition of Papilla

1. n. Any minute nipplelike projection; as, the papillæ of the tongue.

Definition of Papilla

1. Noun. (anatomy) A nipple-like anatomical structure. ¹

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Definition of Papilla

1. a nipple-like projection [n -LAE] : PAPILLAR [adj]

Medical Definition of Papilla

1. 1. A projection occurring in various animal tissues and organs. 2. A small blunt hair on plants. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Papilla

papier collé
papilla (current term)
papilla duodeni major
papilla duodeni minor
papilla incisiva
papilla lacrimalis
papilla lingualis
papilla mammae
papilla nervi optici
papilla of Vater
papilla of breast
papilla parotidea
papilla pili
papilla renalis
papilla vallata

Literary usage of Papilla

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"As the temporary or milk teeth precede the permanent teeth, their papillae are naturally the first to form. The series of milk- papilla are not, however, ..."

2. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"papilla of the larger neph- ridium. k, papilla of the smaller ncpb* ridium, which is only represented by dotted outlines. I, Pericardium indicated by a ..."

3. A Text-book of Human Physiology by Austin Flint (1888)
"tubes, have shown that the mucous membrane around a papilla has no gustatory sensibility, but that different savors can be distinguished when a single ..."

4. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"They appear to be produced by the terminations of tho filaments of the lingual nerve, and are surrounded by an evident vascular network. papilla: ..."

5. The Physiology of Man: Designed to Represent the Existing State of by Austin Flint (1875)
"1. papilla. the how only being apparent: It Is seen that the base is covered ... 3. a filiform papilla. the prolongations of which are turned outward: 4. a ..."

6. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1862)
"Each papilla consists of a central flattened projection of mucous membrane, circular in form, from j"B to ^ of an inch wide, attached to the bottom of a ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1868)
"Of these, the nerve fibres around the capillaries and in the connective tissue of the papilla are considered by Beale as sensitive, excitor, ..."

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