[ foh-vee-uh ]
/ ˈfoʊ vi ə /

noun, plural fo·ve·ae [foh-vee-ee] /ˈfoʊ viˌi/. Biology.

a small pit or depression in a bone or other structure.

Origin of fovea

1840–50; < Latin: pit

Related forms

fo·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 foveae


/ (ˈfəʊvɪə) /

noun plural -veae (-vɪˌiː)

anatomy any small pit or depression in the surface of a bodily organ or part

Derived Forms

foveal, adjectivefoveate or foveated, adjective

Word Origin for fovea

C19: from Latin: a small pit
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Medicine definitions for foveae


[ fōvē-ə ]

n. pl. fo•ve•ae (-vē-ē′)

A small pit or cuplike depression in a bone or organ.
The fovea centralis.
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