Macula definition

măkyə-lə
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An opaque spot on the cornea.
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The macula lutea.
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A spot, stain, blotch, etc.; esp., a discolored spot on the skin.
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An opaque spot on the cornea.
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The macula lutea.
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A minute yellowish area located near the center of the retina of the eye, at which visual perception is most acute.
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A discolored spot on the skin that is not elevated above the surface.
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(anatomy) An oval yellow spot near the center of the retina of the human eye, histologically defined as having two or more layers of ganglion cells, responsible for detailed central vision.
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A spot, as on the skin, or on the surface of the sun or of some other luminous orb.
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A rather large spot or blotch of color.
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In planetary geology, an unusually dark area on the surface of a planet or moon.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
macula
Plural:
maculae

Origin of macula

  • Middle English from Latin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin macula (“spot, stain").

    From Wiktionary