Definition of muscae volitantes in English:

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muscae volitantes

Pronunciation: /ˌmʌsiː ˌvɒlɪˈtantiːz/

plural noun

Dark specks appearing to float before the eyes, generally caused by particles in the vitreous humour of the eye.
Example sentences
  • 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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