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noun, plural fo·ve·o·lae [foh-vee-uh-lee] /foʊˈvi əˌli/. Biology.
  1. a small fovea; a very small pit or depression.
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Origin of foveola

1840–50; < New Latin; diminutive of fovea; see -ole1
Related formsfo·ve·o·lar, adjective
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Historical Examples of foveola

  • Fovea, Foveola -ae: a shallow depression with well-marked sides: a pit.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for foveola


noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. biology a small fovea
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Derived Formsfoveolar, adjectivefoveolate (ˈfəʊvɪəˌleɪt) or foveolated, adjective

Word Origin for foveola

C19: from New Latin, diminutive of fovea
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foveola in Medicine


n. pl. fo•ve•o•las
  1. A small fovea.
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Related formsfo•veo•lar adj.
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