Origin of macula
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: spot, blemish
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Examples from the Web for maculae
Attached to the maculae are crystals of carbonate of lime called otoconia.
These maculae will be found by the touch to be slightly elevated, although they seem level to the eye.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
- a small spot or area of distinct colour, esp the macula lutea
- any small discoloured spot or blemish on the skin, such as a freckle
C14: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for maculae
plural maculae, from Latin macula "spot, stain," used of various spots (sunspots, markings on minerals, etc.), of uncertain origin. Especially the macula lutea in the eye.
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- Also mac•ule (-yōōl′) A discolored spot or area on the skin that is not elevated above the surface and is characteristic of certain conditions, such as smallpox, purpura, or roseola.
- An opaque spot on the cornea.
- 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.
- A discolored spot on the skin that is not elevated above the surface.
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