Definition of retina
retinaeplay \-ˌnē, -ˌnī\
: the sensory membrane that lines the eye, is composed of several layers including one containing the rods and cones, and functions as the immediate instrument of vision by receiving the image formed by the lens and converting it into chemical and nervous signals which reach the brain by way of the optic nerve — see eye illustration
Recent Examples of retina from the Web
Spark’s treatment, called voretigene neparvovec, streams genes directly into the retina of the eye.
Looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection can damage the retina, a condition called solar retinopathy.
Along with the fireworks there were actual fires, blasts of smoke, streams of confetti, retina-blurring lighting, spastic animations, brain-numbing predictability and very bad singing.
His work ranged from eye-tingling abstractions that emphasized color and pattern to create illusions of radiant light that buzzed on the retina.
The great Italian scientist Galileo burned the retina of his eye watching an eclipse through a telescope.
Normally, there’s a barrier that keeps such cells away from the retina.
He was born with retinopathy of prematurity, a disorder where abnormal blood vessels grow throughout the retina.
This is especially true for incurable conditions that damage the retina, the layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye.
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Origin and Etymology of retina
Middle English rethina, from Medieval Latin retina, probably from Latin rete net
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
RETINA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of retina for English Language Learners
: the sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that receives images and sends signals to the brain about what is seen
RETINA Defined for Kids
Definition of retina for Students
: the membrane that lines the back part of the eyeball, contains the rods and cones, and converts the images received by the lens into signals that are transmitted to the brain
Medical Definition of retina
: the sensory membrane that lines most of the large posterior chamber of the vertebrate eye, is composed of several layers including one containing the rods and cones, and functions as the immediate instrument of vision by receiving the image formed by the lens and converting it into chemical and nervous signals which reach the brain by way of the optic nerve
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