papilla :

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  • n  (botany) a tiny outgrowth on the surface of a petal or leaf
  • n  a small nipple-shaped protuberance concerned with taste, touch, or smell
    the papillae of the tongue
  • n  a small projection of tissue at the base of a hair or tooth or feather

  • An electric current sent through this wire papillotome burns a larger opening in the papilla and cauterizes the wound.
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  • POLL: Would you try a new cure for baldness?
    For the first time, a team of scientists reports successfully growing human hairs from dermal papilla cells taken from the inside of donor hair follicles. Would you try such a new cure for baldness? Take our poll.  
    Oct. 28, 2013 - Swampscott Reporter

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