One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An oval yellowish area surrounding the fovea near the center of the retina in the eye, which is the region of keenest vision.
- ‘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 macula lutea or ‘yellow spot’ in the retina is responsible for central vision and visual acuity.’
- ‘Visual results are best if the retinal detachment is repaired before the macula (the center region of the retina responsible for fine, detailed vision) detaches.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If these patches become large and involve the very center of the macula (the fovea), the individual's visual acuity can fall to the point that they are considered legally blind.’
2another term for macule
spot, dot, fleck, mark, speck, speckle, smudge, splash, stain, maculeView synonyms
- ‘On examination, only pallor of mucosae and chronic orange‐purple tibial skin maculae were present.’
- ‘The process is characterized by dirty grayish or ash-gray-colored maculae on the skin of the trunk and limbs.’
- ‘We report here a 62-year-old seemingly healthy patient who presented with disseminated erythematous maculae.’
Late Middle English: from Latin.
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