fovea

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noun fo·vea \ˈfō-vē-ə\

Definition of fovea

plural

foveae

play \ˈfō-vē-ˌē, -vē-ˌī\
  1. 1 :  a small fossa

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of fovea

New Latin, from Latin, pit


First Known Use: 1849


Medical Dictionary

fovea

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noun fo·vea \ˈfō-vē-ə\

Medical Definition of fovea

plural

foveae

\-vē-ˌē, -vē-ˌī\play play
  1. 1:  a small fossa

  2. 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

\-vē-əl\play adjective

foveate

\-vē-ˌāt, -ət\play play adjective

Illustration of fovea


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