Origin of macula
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: spot, blemish
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Examples from the Web for macular
And in her final years, when she was blinded by macular degeneration and suffocating with emphysema, vanity left her isolated.Understanding Diana Vreeland, ‘Empress of Fashion’
November 28, 2012
When RPE cells die, as they do in macular degeneration, the photoreceptors begin to die, too, and the patient goes blind.Saving Sight, Testing Faith
May 16, 2011
The macular or flat variety is usually seen about the eyelids.
The macular, papular, and bullous eruptions are most common.
It is not to be confounded with vitiligo, chloasma, or the macular syphiloderm.
Spot, as in macular, relating to or marked by macules, or spotted.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
As a rule these clear up satisfactorily unless the macular region be involved.
- 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 macular
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- 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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