[ mak-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈmæk yə lə /
noun, plural mac·u·lae [mak-yuh-lee]. /ˈmæk yəˌli/.
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Origin of macula
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin: spot, blemish
OTHER WORDS FROM maculamac·u·lar, adjectivemul·ti·mac·u·lar, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for macula
These maculae will be found by the touch to be slightly elevated, although they seem level to the eye.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
Attached to the maculae are crystals of carbonate of lime called otoconia.
British Dictionary definitions for macula
/ (ˈmækjʊlə) /
noun plural -ulae (-jʊˌliː) or -ules anatomy
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
Derived forms of maculamacular, adjective
Word Origin for macula
C14: from Latin
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Medical definitions for macula
[ măk′yə-lə ]
n. pl. mac•u•las
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.
Other words from maculamac′u•lar adj.
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Scientific definitions for macula
[ măk′yə-lə ]
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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