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fovea

play
noun fo·vea \ˈfō-vē-ə\

Definition of fovea

plural foveae play \-vē-ˌē, -vē-ˌī\

  1. 1 :  a small fossa

  2. 2 :  a small rodless area of the retina that affords acute vision — see eye illustration

foveal play \-vē-əl\ adjective
foveate play \-vē-ˌāt, -ət\ adjective


Origin of fovea

New Latin, from Latin, pit


First Known Use: 1849


Medical Dictionary

fovea

play
noun fo·vea \ˈfō-vē-ə\

Medical Definition of fovea

plural fo·ve·ae \-vē-ˌē, -vē-ˌī\play play

  1. 1:  a small fossa

  2. 2 or fovea cen·tra·lis \-sen-ˈtral-əs, -ˈträl-, -ˈtrāl-\:  a small depression in the center of the macula that contains only cones and constitutes the area of maximum visual acuity

fo·ve·al \-vē-əl\play adjective
fo·ve·ate \-vē-ˌāt, -ət\play play adjective


Illustration of fovea


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