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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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Citation: "Self-Formation of Optic Cups and Storable Stratified Neural Retina from Human ESCs;" Tokushige Nakano et al.; Cell Stem Cell, Volume 10, Issue 6, 771-785, 14 June 2012, DOI: 10.1016/ j.stem.2012.05.009
In fact, the scientists didn't even know quite how optic cups developed until Sasai and his team watched it happen spontaneously in the lab.