noun, plural mac·u·lae [mak-yuh-lee] /ˈmæk yəˌli/.
a spot or blotch, especially on one's skin; macule.
- an opaque spot on the cornea.
- Also called macula lutea, yellow spot.an irregularly oval, yellow-pigmented area on the central retina, containing color-sensitive rods and the central point of sharpest vision.
Origin of macula
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: spot, blemishRelated formsmac·u·lar, adjectivemul·ti·mac·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for macula
noun plural -ulae (-jʊˌliː) or -ules anatomy
Derived Formsmacular, adjective
a small spot or area of distinct colour, esp the macula lutea
any small discoloured spot or blemish on the skin, such as a freckle
Word Origin for macula
C14: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for macula
plural maculae, from Latin macula "spot, stain," used of various spots (sunspots, markings on minerals, etc.), of uncertain origin. Especially the macula lutea in the eye.
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n. pl. mac•u•las
Related formsmac′u•lar adj.
Also mac•ule (-yōōl′) A discolored spot or area on the skin that is not elevated above the surface and is characteristic of certain conditions, such as smallpox, purpura, or roseola.
An opaque spot on the cornea.
The macula lutea.
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Plural maculae (măk′yə-lē′) maculas
A minute yellowish area located near the center of the retina of the eye, at which visual perception is most acute.
A discolored spot on the skin that is not elevated above the surface.
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