Origin of macula
Middle English, from Latin
First Known Use: 14th century
Medical Definition of macula
1: a spot or blotch; especially : macule 2
2: an anatomical structure having the form of a spot differentiated from surrounding tissues: asa: macula acusticab: a small yellowish area lying slightly lateral to the center of the retina that is made up mostly of cones, plays a key role in visual acuity, and has the fovea at its center—called also macula lutea, yellow spot
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