macula lutea


macula lu·tea

noun \-ˈlü-tē-ə\
plural maculae lu·te·ae \-tē-ˌē, -tē-ˌī\

Definition of MACULA LUTEA

:  a small yellowish area lying slightly lateral to the center of the retina that constitutes the region of maximum visual acuity —called also yellow spot

Origin of MACULA LUTEA

New Latin, literally, yellow spot
First Known Use: 1848

macula lu·tea

noun \-ˈlüt-ē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural maculae lu·te·ae \-ē-ˌē, -ē-ˌī\

Medical Definition of MACULA LUTEA

: a small yellowish area lying slightly lateral to the center of the retina that constitutes the region of maximum visual acuity and is made up almost wholly of retinal cones—called also yellow spot

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