macula

noun mac·u·la \ ˈma-kyə-lə \

Definition of macula

plural maculae play \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ also maculas
1 :spot, blotch; especially :macule
2 a :an anatomical structure having the form of a spot differentiated from surrounding tissues
b :a small yellowish area lying slightly lateral to the center of the retina that is made up mostly of cones (see 1cone 3a), plays a key role in visual acuity, and has the fovea at its center called also macula lutea, yellow spot

macular

play \-lər\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of macula

Middle English, from Latin


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macula

noun mac·u·la \ ˈmak-yə-lə \

medical Definition of macula

plural maculae play \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ also maculas
1 :a spot or blotch; especially :macule 2
2 :an anatomical structure having the form of a spot differentiated from surrounding tissues: as
b :a small yellowish area lying slightly lateral to the center of the retina that is made up mostly of cones, plays a key role in visual acuity, and has the fovea at its center called also macula lutea, yellow spot

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