Definition of ocellus in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsɛləs/

noun (plural ocelli /əˈsɛlʌɪ/ /əˈsɛliː/)

1 Another term for simple eye.
Example sentences
  • Between the compound eyes are usually three simple eye, or ocelli.
  • The ocelli, or eye spots, may reduce damage from fin-biting predators by mimicking the head.
  • The expression in adults was observed in dorsal ocelli cells in the nerve code.
2 another term for eyespot (sense 1), eyespot (sense 2).
Example sentences
  • Besides functioning as an identification feature, the ocelli also have anti-predator functions.
  • They suggested that the color change is stimulated by perception of the background color by the larval ocelli and effected by a neurophysiological pathway.
  • Transverse cuticular wrinkles arranged in a tight parallel pattern form a ring posterior to the ocelli and encircle about 25% of the cephalothorax.



Example sentences
  • Adjacent to these lie the two ocellar bristles and the two postvertical bristles in addition to several microchaetae.
  • During a 14-wk interval, a new postocellar region was regenerated while the anteriormost ocellar region degenerated.
  • Neuronal hyperplasia is observed in mutant clones located behind the MF (white arrows) or in the ocellar precursor region (red arrows).


Pronunciation: /ˈɒsɪlət/


Early 19th century: from Latin, diminutive of oculus 'eye'.

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Line breaks: ocel|lus

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