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macula lutea

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noun macula lu·tea \-ˈlü-tē-ə\

Definition of macula lutea

plural maculae lu·te·ae play \-tē-ˌē, -tē-ˌī\

  1. :  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


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macula lutea

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noun macula lu·tea \-ˈlüt-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of macula lutea

plural maculae lu·te·ae \-ē-ˌē, -ē-ˌī\play play

  1. :  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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