fovea

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

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

Nearby words

  1. fourth world,
  2. fourth-class,
  3. fourthly,
  4. fouta djallon,
  5. fouter,
  6. fovea centralis,
  7. foveate,
  8. foveation,
  9. foveola,
  10. foveolate

Origin of fovea

1840–50; < Latin: pit

Related formsfo·ve·al, adjectivepost·fo·ve·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for foveae

fovea

/ (ˈfəʊvɪə) /

noun plural -veae (-vɪˌiː)

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

fovea

n.

1849, from Latin fovea "small pit," related to favissae "underground reservoirs;" of unknown origin, perhaps from Etruscan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for foveae

fovea

[ 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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