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: a small fossa
: a small depression in the center of the macula (see macula sense 2b) that contains only cones and constitutes the area of maximum visual acuity and color discrimination — see eye illustration
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1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1
New Latin, from Latin, pit
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\-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
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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place
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