Dark specks appearing to float before the eyes, generally caused by particles in the vitreous humor of the eye.
- This embryonic artery atrophies by the 8 1/2 month but a few persistent remnants are evident entoptically as muscae volitantes (an appearance as of moving spots before the eyes).
- Scheerer's phenomenon should not be confused with ‘floaters’ or muscae volitantes.
- The medical name for floaters is muscae volitantes.
Mid 18th century: Latin, literally 'flying flies'.
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Syllabification: mus·cae vol·i·tan·tes
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