- a small pit or depression in a bone or other structure.
Origin of fovea
1840–50; < Latin: pit
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Historical Examples of foveae
The name is probably derived from the pits or cellars (foveae) in which the inhabitants store their grain.
- anatomy any small pit or depression in the surface of a bodily organ or part
- See fovea centralis
Word Origin for fovea
C19: from Latin: a small pit
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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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