fovea

noun

fo·​vea ˈfō-vē-ə How to pronounce fovea (audio)
plural foveae ˈfō-vē-ˌē How to pronounce fovea (audio)
-vē-ˌī
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
foveal adjective
foveate adjective

Examples of fovea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The images captured by the device are combined to create a detailed 3D model of your inner eye, highlighting the intricate structures such as the fovea, optic nerve, and Henle fibers. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 There are no rods in the fovea. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Eye jerks known as saccades allow different parts of a scene to come into the line of sight of the fovea. Tim Vernimmen, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2019 This illustration laying out the basic structure of the eye shows where the fovea — where images are rendered in high resolution — is situated. Tim Vernimmen, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2019 Folks with albinism have poor eyesight because the pit-like depression in the human eye called the fovea is absent or underdeveloped, Menke explained. Roni Dengler, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2019 The fovea, a tiny depression at the center of the retina where visual acuity is highest, does all the heavy lifting while the rest of your vision goes unused. Sonya Collins, Fortune, 6 May 2022 Humans typically move this fovea, the focus of our vision, two or three times a second while tracking something of interest. Joshua Learn | Inside Science, ABC News, 12 Sep. 2021 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, 17 Jan. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, pit

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fovea was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Fovea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fovea. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

fovea

noun
fo·​vea ˈfō-vē-ə How to pronounce fovea (audio)
plural foveae -vē-ˌē How to pronounce fovea (audio)
-vē-ˌī
: an area in the middle of the retina that gives the sharpest vision of any part of the retina and contains only cones

Medical Definition

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)
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
foveal adjective
foveate adjective
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