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areola  listen  (ayr-EE-oh-luh)

  The area of dark-colored skin on the breast that surrounds the nipple.

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Drawing of female breast anatomy showing  the lymph nodes, nipple, areola, chest wall, ribs, muscle, fatty tissue, lobe, ducts, and lobules.
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Anatomy of the male breast; drawing shows the nipple, areola, fatty tissue, ducts, nearby lymph nodes, ribs, and muscle.