retinula

noun
re·​tin·​u·​la | \ re-ˈtin-yə-lə How to pronounce retinula (audio) \
plural retinulae\ re-​ˈtin-​yə-​ˌlē How to pronounce retinula (audio) , -​ˌlī \ also retinulas

Definition of retinula

: the neural receptor of a single facet of an arthropod compound eye

Other Words from retinula

retinular \ re-​ˈtin-​yə-​lər How to pronounce retinula (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of retinula

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retinula

New Latin, diminutive of Medieval Latin retina

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“Retinula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retinula. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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