optic cup


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optic cup

n. Embryology
A two-walled cuplike depression, formed by invagination of the optic vesicle, that develops into the pigmented and sensory layers of the retina. Also called eyecup.
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Noun1.optic cup - (embryology) a two-walled cuplike depression that develops into the pigmented and sensory layers of the retina
caliculus, calycle, calyculus - a small cup-shaped structure (as a taste bud or optic cup or cavity of a coral containing a polyp)
embryology - the branch of biology that studies the formation and early development of living organisms
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Held annually, the two-day event, which is sponsored by Specsavers, sees optometry undergraduates from each of the nine UK universities that offer the degree gather to compete for the coveted Optic Cup.
Meanwhile, Yoshiki Sasai and colleagues at the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology in Kobe , reported that they had managed to induce human stem cells called "retinal precursor cells" to develop into a central component of the human eye called an optic cup.