Definitions for maculaˈmæk yə lə; -ˌli

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mac•u•laˈmæk yə lə; -ˌli(n.)(pl.)-lae

  1. a spot, esp. on the skin.

    Category: Pathology

  2. an opaque spot on the cornea. an irregularly oval, yellow-pigmented area on the central retina containing color-sensitive rods and the central point of sharpest vision.

    Category: Ophthalmology

    Ref: Also called yellow spot.

Origin of macula:

1350–1400; ME < L: spot, blemish


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sunspot, macula(noun)

    a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field

  2. macula, macula lutea, macular area, yellow spot(noun)

    a small yellowish central area of the retina that is rich in cones and that mediates clear detailed vision

  3. macule, macula(noun)

    a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases


  1. macula(Noun)

    An oval yellow spot near the center of the retina of the human eye, histologically defined as having two or more layers of ganglion cells, responsible for detailed central vision.

  2. macula(Noun)

    A spot, as on the skin, or on the surface of the sun or of some other luminous orb.

  3. macula(Noun)

    A rather large spot or blotch of color.

  4. macula(Noun)

    In planetary geology, an unusually dark area on the surface of a planet or moon.

  5. Origin: From macula.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Macula(noun)

    a spot, as on the skin, or on the surface of the sun or of some other luminous orb

  2. Macula(noun)

    a rather large spot or blotch of color


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