[ ret-n-uh, ret-nuh ]

noun,plural ret·i·nas, ret·i·nae [ret-n-ee]. /ˈrɛt nˌi/. Anatomy.
  1. the innermost coat of the posterior part of the eyeball that receives the image produced by the lens, is continuous with the optic nerve, and consists of several layers, one of which contains the rods and cones that are sensitive to light.

Trademark, Computers.
  1. Retina, a brand name used by Apple, Inc., to describe display screens having a resolution so high that it is difficult to see individual pixels with the human eye: a Retina display; Retina technology; Retina quality.

Origin of retina

1350–1400; Middle English ret(h)ina<Medieval Latin rētina, perhaps equivalent to Latin rēt- (stem of rēte) net + -ina-ine1

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Other definitions for Retin-A (2 of 2)

[ ret-n-ey ]

Pharmacology, Trademark.
  1. a brand of tretinoin, used especially to reduce wrinkles caused by overexposure to the sun.

Origin of Retin-A

First recorded in 1975–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use retina in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for retina


/ (ˈrɛtɪnə) /

nounplural -nas or -nae (-ˌniː)
  1. the light-sensitive membrane forming the inner lining of the posterior wall of the eyeball, composed largely of a specialized terminal expansion of the optic nerve. Images focused here by the lens of the eye are transmitted to the brain as nerve impulses

Origin of retina

C14: from Medieval Latin, perhaps from Latin rēte net

Derived forms of retina

  • retinal, adjective

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Scientific definitions for retina


[ rĕtn-ə ]

Plural retinas retinae (rĕtn-ē′)
  1. The light-sensitive membrane that lines the inside of the back of the eyeball and connects to the brain by the optic nerve. The retina of vertebrate animals contains rods and cones, specialized cells that absorb light.

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Cultural definitions for retina


[ (ret-n-uh) ]

The inner layer of the eye, sensitive to light, that is connected to the brain by the optic nerve. The retina lines the rear of the eye-ball. The lens of the eye focuses waves of light on the retina.

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