fovea

noun
fo·​vea | \ ˈfō-vē-ə How to pronounce fovea (audio) \
plural foveae\ ˈfō-​vē-​ˌē How to pronounce fovea (audio) , -​vē-​ˌī \

Definition of fovea

1 : a small fossa
2 : 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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Other Words from fovea

foveal \ ˈfō-​vē-​əl How to pronounce fovea (audio) \ adjective
foveate \ ˈfō-​vē-​ˌāt How to pronounce fovea (audio) , -​ət \ adjective

Examples of fovea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of its light is focused on a small portion of the retina at the back of the eye, called the fovea. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Smart Contact Lenses Deliver AR Tech Straight to Your Eyeballs," 17 Jan. 2020 The fovea takes up just about four to five percent of the retina's overall area, but contains most of its nerve endings. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Smart Contact Lenses Deliver AR Tech Straight to Your Eyeballs," 17 Jan. 2020 Since that would be rather unwieldy, only one tiny area of the retina—called the fovea—provides this kind of resolution. Tim Vernimmen, Smithsonian, "Our Eyes Are Always Darting Around, So How Come Our Vision Isn’t Blurry?," 14 June 2019 Those piercing eyes are much like yours, equipped with 3-D vision and a fovea — a centralized concentration of light receptors — the better to focus and track. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain," 22 Sep. 2017 The damage occurs in the fovea, a spot in the retina that is responsible for sharp, central vision. Rachael Rettner, Scientific American, "Science Says Why We Can't Look at the Sun," 7 July 2017 The ultraviolet light from the sun gets focused from the eye's lens to the center of the retina, called the fovea, Lujan said. Jessica Greif, OregonLive.com, "Can looking at August's total solar eclipse make you go blind? (video)," 18 May 2017 Located on the opposite side of the lens, the macula includes the region of sharpest vision, the fovea. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Dry macular degeneration stopped with low glycemic index diet in mouse study," 15 May 2017 Larger numbers of photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells in the fovea — the center part of our eyes — help produce extremely high-res, three-dimensional static images. Brian_mossop, WIRED, "A Curveball’s Curve? It’s All in Your Head," 19 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of fovea

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fovea

New Latin, from Latin, pit

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“Fovea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fovea. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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fovea

noun
fo·​vea | \ ˈfō-vē-ə How to pronounce fovea (audio) \
plural foveae\ -​vē-​ˌē How to pronounce fovea (audio) , -​vē-​ˌī How to pronounce fovea (audio) \

Medical Definition of fovea

1 : a small fossa
2 or fovea centralis
\ -​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

Other Words from fovea

foveal \ -​vē-​əl How to pronounce fovea (audio) \ adjective
foveate \ -​vē-​ˌāt How to pronounce fovea (audio) , -​ət How to pronounce fovea (audio) \ adjective

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