fovea

play
noun fo·vea \ ˈfō-vē-ə \

Definition of fovea

plural foveae play \ˈfō-vē-ˌē, -vē-ˌī\
1 :a small fossa
2 :a small depression in the center of the macula (see macula 2b) that contains only cones and constitutes the area of maximum visual acuity and color discrimination — see eye illustration

foveal

play \ˈfō-vē-əl\ adjective

foveate

play \ˈfō-vē-ˌāt, -ət\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of fovea

New Latin, from Latin, pit


Medical Dictionary

fovea

play
noun fo·vea \ ˈfō-vē-ə \

medical Definition of fovea

plural foveae play \-vē-ˌē, -vē-ˌī\
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

play \-vē-əl\ adjective

foveate

play \-vē-ˌāt, -ət\ adjective

Illustration of fovea


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