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From Latin macula (“‘spot, stain’”).
- (anatomy) An oval yellow spot near the center of the retina of the human eye, histologically defined as having two or more layers of ganglion cells, responsible for detailed central vision.
- A spot, as on the skin, or on the surface of the sun or of some other luminous orb.
- A rather large spot or blotch of color.
- In planetary geology, an unusually dark area on the surface of a planet or moon.
oval yellow spot near the center of the retina
- Macula in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Macula in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Macula at OneLook® Dictionary Search
macula f. (plural macule)
- (stain etc) macchia
- ablative singular of macula