macula lutea

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macula lu·te·a

n. pl. maculae lu·te·ae (lo͞o′tē-ē′)
A minute yellowish area containing the fovea centralis located near the center of the retina of the eye at which visual perception is most acute. Also called yellow spot.

[New Latin macula lūtea : Latin macula, spot + Latin lūtea, yellow.]

macula lutea

n, pl maculae luteae (ˈluːtɪˌiː)
(Anatomy) a small yellowish oval-shaped spot, rich in cones, near the centre of the retina of the eye, where vision is especially sharp. See also fovea centralis
[New Latin, literally: yellow spot]


(ˈmæk yə lə)

n., pl. -lae (-ˌli) -las.
1. a spot, esp. on the skin.
a. an opaque spot on the cornea.
b. Also called yellow spot. an irregularly oval, yellow-pigmented area on the central retina containing color-sensitive rods and the central point of sharpest vision.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: spot, blemish]
mac′u•lar, adj.
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Noun1.macula lutea - a small yellowish central area of the retina that is rich in cones and that mediates clear detailed visionmacula lutea - a small yellowish central area of the retina that is rich in cones and that mediates clear detailed vision
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

mac·u·la lu·te·a

n. mácula lútea, pequeña zona amarillenta situada en el centro de la retina.
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17 In the late stage TON patients may suffer from secondary pathological changes that lead to the dysfunction and death of retinal ganglion cells during which the macula lutea and the vitreous base are dragged by the vitreous body.
Imaging of the fovea in the macula lutea also allows physicians to check for correct fixation.