noun (plural retinas or retinae /ˈretnˌē, ˈretnˌī/)
A layer at the back of the eyeball containing cells that are sensitive to light and that trigger nerve impulses that pass via the optic nerve to the brain, where a visual image is formed.
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- And for vision it is also necessary that there should be visual purple behind the retina and an opaque cornea and iris.
- As with similar work in the United States, the prosthetic retina works by passing artificially stimulating the optic nerve, in line with signals from a tiny digital camera mounted on a pair of glasses.
- The chip captures light that enters the eye, and generates an electrical signal that is transmitted to the overlaying neural cells of the retina.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Latin rete 'net'.
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- Young says the discovery could lead to the improvement of retinal transplants for patients with eye diseases and to brain-cell transplants for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
- Richard shows slides to her digital camera, but this will not produce images that are processed in an analogous way to the human brain processing retinal information.
- Biometric information, whether it be pictures, fingerprints, retinal scans, or something else, does not prevent counterfeiting; it only prevents one person from using another's card.