noun (plural maculae /-ˌlē/ /-ˌlī/)
1 (also macula lutea) ˌmakyələ ˈlo͞odēə (plural maculae luteae /ˈlo͞otēˌē/ /-tēˌī/) Anatomy An oval yellowish area surrounding the fovea near the center of the retina in the eye, which is the region of keenest vision.
- The macula lutea or ‘yellow spot’ in the retina is responsible for central vision and visual acuity.
- When we gaze directly at an object, we hold our eyes in such a position that the image of the object falls on the central, specialized region of the retina - the fovea or macula - where visual acuity and colour vision are best.
- The vision loss results from loss of function of the macula, the centre of the retina, which is responsible for central visual tasks such as reading, driving, and recognising faces.
2 another term for macule.
- We report here a 62-year-old seemingly healthy patient who presented with disseminated erythematous maculae.
- The process is characterized by dirty grayish or ash-gray-colored maculae on the skin of the trunk and limbs.
- On examination, only pallor of mucosae and chronic orange‐purple tibial skin maculae were present.
Late Middle English: from Latin, 'spot'.
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