[ ret-n-uh, ret-nuh ]
/ ˈrɛt n ə, ˈrɛt nə /
noun, plural ret·i·nas, ret·i·nae [ret-n-ee] /ˈrɛt nˌi/. Anatomy.
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.
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.
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Origin of retina
1350–1400; Middle English ret(h)ina < Medieval Latin rētina, perhaps equivalent to Latin rēt- (stem of rēte) net + -ina -ine1
Words nearby retina
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We may reply that the difference must lie in the retinae, one being more sensitive than the other.The Problems of Psychical Research|Hereward Carrington
British Dictionary definitions for retinae
/ (ˈrɛtɪnə) /
noun plural -nas or -nae (-ˌniː)
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
Derived forms of retinaretinal, adjective
Word Origin for retina
C14: from Medieval Latin, perhaps from Latin rēte net
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Medical definitions for retinae
[ rĕt′n-ə ]
n. pl. ret•i•nas
The delicate multilayered light-sensitive membrane lining the inner posterior chamber of the eyeball containing the rods and cones and connected by the optic nerve to the brain.
Other words from retinaret′i•nal adj.
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Scientific definitions for retinae
[ rĕt′n-ə ]
Plural retinas retinae (rĕt′n-ē′)
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 retinae
[ (ret-n-uh) ]
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