American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. One of the small, round or cone-shaped protuberances on the top of the tongue that contain taste buds.
- n. A pimple or pustule.
- n. Botany A minute projection on the surface of a stigma, petal, or leaf.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pap, teat, or nipple of a mammary gland; a mammilla.
- n. Hence Something like a papilla; a papilliform part or process. In anatomy, any mammillary process, generally of small size, soft texture, and sensitive, and subserving a tactile function: as, the papillæ of the tongue; the papillæ of the finger-tips.
- n. anatomy A nipple-like anatomical structure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any minute nipplelike projection.
- n. (botany) a tiny outgrowth on the surface of a petal or leaf
- n. a small projection of tissue at the base of a hair or tooth or feather
- n. a small nipple-shaped protuberance concerned with taste, touch, or smell
- Latin papilla ("nipple"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, nipple, diminutive of papula, swelling, pimple. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Each papilla consists of a projection of mucous membrane from 1 to 2 mm. wide, attached to the bottom of a circular depression of the mucous membrane; the margin of the depression is elevated to form a wall (vallum), and between this and the papilla is a circular sulcus termed the fossa.”
“It is more common to meet with a condition in which the patient complains of severe burning or aching pain in the region of the foliate papilla, which is situated on the edge of the tongue just in front of the anterior pillar of the fauces.”
“Three Random Words: la panosse (f) = floorcloth = passer la panosse = to mop the floor le monticule (m) = hillock, mound; heap la papille (f) = papilla = les papilles gustatives = taste buds”
“The papilla, the white part of the kidney where urine is concentrated, is a target for these drugs; once the concentrating mechanism is damaged, protein and tissue are excreted in the urine.”
“It can be easily identified by its small size and absence of a papilla on the tongue.”
“Nourishment for the growing hair is derived from a dermal projection into the hair bulb called the papilla.”
“I have even seen parents who think the nasopalatine papilla the soft pink bump between the two front teeth is an extra tooth.”
“Taste buds are on the sides of these papillae and can taste chemicals that travel in saliva through the between-papilla grooves.”
“Really there was a papilla sense of relief coming from the president and his aides.”
“There is a complete system of blood vessels encircling every one of the follicles, and besides this each papilla has a special distribution of blood to itself.”
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