Definition of macula in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmakjʊlə/

noun (plural maculae /ˈmakjʊliː/)

1 (also macula lutea /ˈluːtɪə/) (plural maculae luteae /ˈluːtɪiː/) Anatomy An oval yellowish area surrounding the fovea near the centre of the retina in the eye, which is the region of keenest vision.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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