Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to fovea centralis: macula, optic nerve
A small depression near the center of the retina, constituting the area of most acute vision.
[New Latin fovea centrālis : Latin fovea, small pit + Latin centrālis, central.]
(Anatomy) a small depression in the centre of the retina that contains only cone cells and is therefore the area of sharpest vision
[C19: from New Latin: central fovea]
fo′vea cen•tra′lis(sɛnˈtreɪ lɪs)
a small rodless area near the center of the retina in some vertebrates that allows particularly acute vision.
[1855–60; < New Latin: central fovea]
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||fovea centralis - area consisting of a small depression in the retina containing cones and where vision is most acute|
region, area - a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"
retina - the innermost light-sensitive membrane covering the back wall of the eyeball; it is continuous with the optic nerve