Definition of papilloma in US English:


nounPlural papillomata, Plural papillomas

  • A small wartlike growth on the skin or on a mucous membrane, derived from the epidermis and usually benign.

    • ‘Ependymomas and choroid plexus papillomas generally appear cytologically benign or bland.’
    • ‘Epidermoid cysts, squamous papillomas, and fibroepithelial polyps do not usually present differential diagnostic difficulties.’
    • ‘Surface epithelial neoplasms consist of squamous cell papillomas, transitional cell papillomas, and papillary adenomas.’
    • ‘The laser can also provide relief for symptoms caused by benign airway tumors such as hamartomas, papillomas, polyps, and angiomas.’
    • ‘Laryngeal papillomas are the most common benign laryngeal growths in children.’


Mid 19th century: from papilla + -oma.