fovea centralis

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fovea cen·tra·lis

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.]

fovea centralis

(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]
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Noun1.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
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Gass, "Muller cell cone, an overlooked part of the anatomy of the fovea centralis: hypotheses concerning its role in the pathogenesis of macular hole and foveomacular retinoschisis," Archives of Ophthalmology, vol.
Rods are in periphery of retina while cones are concentrated in a small depression called fovea centralis. In typical RP rods are initially malfunctioned following cones and ultimately masks the individual with complete blindness (Travis, 1998).