retina

noun
ret·​i·​na | \ ˈre-tə-nə How to pronounce retina (audio) , ˈret-nə\
plural retinas also retinae\ ˈre-​tə-​ˌnē How to pronounce retinae (audio) , -​ˌnī \

Definition of retina

: 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

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Neuralink also intends to have the electrodes write signals back into the brain to provide sensory feedback in the form of touch or visual stimulation of the retina in a blind person. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Elon Musk’s Secretive Brain Tech Company Debuts a Sophisticated Neural Implant," 17 July 2019 Since that would be rather unwieldy, only one tiny area of the retina—called the fovea—provides this kind of resolution. Tim Vernimmen, Smithsonian, "Our Eyes Are Always Darting Around, So How Come Our Vision Isn’t Blurry?," 14 June 2019 The implant provides electrical stimulation of the retina to induce visual perception. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 People with cognitive impairment had fewer capillaries in their retina than those who did not. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Scientists may have found a better way to spot early signs of dementia: our eyes," 11 July 2019 The doctor told her that detached retina could only have happened from the fall. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Woman left blind after fall at Cuyahoga County Jail, poor medical treatment, lawsuit says," 13 June 2019 Sticking in the top ten all summer, Born in the U.S.A., featuring Springsteen’s white T-shirt and blue jeans in front of the flag’s stripes, was emblazoned on America’s retina. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Bruce Springsteen, Accidental Patriot," 4 June 2019 Light reflecting off the objects in our field of view enters the eye and comes to a focus on the retina, which is lined with photoreceptor cells that convert that light into electrochemical signals. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate," 30 July 2018 Looking directly at the powerful brightness of the sun can cause damage to the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Total solar eclipse moves across South America today," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of retina

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retina

Middle English rethina, from Medieval Latin retina, probably from Latin rete net

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retina

noun

English Language Learners Definition of retina

: the sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that receives images and sends signals to the brain about what is seen

retina

noun
ret·​i·​na | \ ˈre-tə-nə How to pronounce retina (audio) \
plural retinas also retinae\ -​ˌnē \

Kids Definition of retina

: 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

retina

noun
ret·​i·​na | \ ˈret-ᵊn-ə, ˈret-nə How to pronounce retina (audio) \
plural retinas also retinae\ -​ᵊn-​ˌē How to pronounce retinae (audio) \

Medical Definition of retina

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: 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

Retin-A

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Ret·​in-A | \ ˌret-ᵊn-ˈā How to pronounce Retin-A (audio) \

Medical Definition of Retin-A (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a preparation of tretinoin

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