areola, areole n.; pl. -lae, -las (areoles) [L. dim. area, small open place] 1. (ARTHRO: Crustacea) In crayfish, the longitudinal strip between the brachiocardiac grooves and posterior to the cervical groove on the dorsum. 2. (ARTHRO: Insecta) a. An accessory wing cell of Lepidoptera. see basal cell. b. In ichneumonid Hymenoptera, the pentagonal or hexagonal area on the propodeum enclosed by cari-nae. 3. (BRYO: Gymnolaemata) In cheilostomes, a small opening in the frontal wall connecting the endocyst with the ectocyst. 4. (echinod) see scrobicula. 5. (nemata) A small area within longitudinal striae delimited by transverse annuli. 6. (NEMATOM) Round or polygonal cuticular plates, sometimes containing pores, that may exude a lubricant onto the cuticle surface, aiding tight-coiling behavioral movements. areolar, areolate a.
areolation n. [L. area, open space] 1. Any small space, bounded by some part differing in color or structure. 2. (ARTHRO: Insecta) Spaces founded by nervures in the wings. 3. (NEMATA) Transverse body striae extending into the lateral field.
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