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/ ˈmæk yə lə /
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noun, plural mac·u·lae [mak-yuh-lee]. /ˈmæk yəˌli/.
a spot or blotch, especially on one's skin; macule.
  1. an opaque spot on the cornea.
  2. 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.
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Origin of macula

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin: spot, blemish


mac·u·lar, adjectivemul·ti·mac·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for macula


macule (ˈmækjuːl)

/ (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 macula

macular, adjective

Word Origin for macula

C14: from Latin
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Medical definitions for macula

[ măkyə-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 macula

macu•lar adj.
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Scientific definitions for macula

[ măkyə-lə ]

Plural maculae (măkyə-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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