AskDefine | Define papilla

Dictionary Definition



1 a small nipple-shaped protuberance concerned with taste, touch, or smell; "the papillae of the tongue"
2 a small projection of tissue at the base of a hair or tooth or feather [also: papillae (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin papilla, “nipple”


  1. A nipple-like anatomical structure.



  1. papilla

Extensive Definition

The term papilla (plural: papillae) generally means a nipple-like structure, and may refer to:
On the tongue
On a fish
  • Genital papilla, a small tube on fish anatomy, through which eggs or sperm are released
papilla in German: Papille
papilla in Swedish: Papill

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