- a small pit or depression in a bone or other structure.
Origin of fovea
1840–50; < Latin: pit
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Examples from the Web for fovea
The fovea has no rods and hence is of little use in very faint light.Psychology
Robert S. Woodworth
The fovea centralis lacks rods and this part of the eye becomes practically color blind at very low intensities of light.The Nature of Animal Light
E. Newton Harvey
The name Fovea, given to the constellation by Bayer, signifies a pit where corn was deposited.Astronomical Curiosities
J. Ellard Gore
It is placed by those who mention it in a 'fosse', 'fossatum', or 'fovea'.
Fovea, Foveola -ae: a shallow depression with well-marked sides: a pit.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- anatomy any small pit or depression in the surface of a bodily organ or part
- See fovea centralis
C19: from Latin: a small pit
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Word Origin and History for fovea
1849, from Latin fovea "small pit," related to favissae "underground reservoirs;" of unknown origin, perhaps from Etruscan.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small pit or cuplike depression in a bone or organ.
- The fovea centralis.
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