Areola A*re"o*la, n.; pl. {Areol[ae]}. [L. areola, dim. of area: cf. F. ar['e]ole. See {Area}.] 1. An interstice or small space, as between the cracks of the surface in certain crustaceous lichens; or as between the fibers composing organs or vessels that interlace; or as between the nervures of an insect's wing. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat. & Med.) The colored ring around the nipple, or around a vesicle or pustule. [1913 Webster]

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