Origin of fovea

1840–50; < Latin: pit
Related formsfo·ve·al, adjectivepost·fo·ve·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fovea


noun plural -veae (-vɪˌiː)
  1. anatomy any small pit or depression in the surface of a bodily organ or part
  2. See fovea centralis
Derived Formsfoveal, adjectivefoveate or foveated, adjective

Word Origin for fovea

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.

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fovea in Medicine


n. pl. fo•ve•ae (-vē-ē′)
  1. A small pit or cuplike depression in a bone or organ.
  2. The fovea centralis.
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