noun, plural mac·u·lae [mak-yuh-lee] /ˈmæk yəˌli/.
- a spot or blotch, especially on one’s skin; macule.
- an opaque spot on the cornea.
- Also called macula lutea, yellow spot.an irregularly oval, yellow-pigmented area on the central retina, containing color-sensitive rods and the central point of sharpest vision.
noun plural -ulae (-jʊˌliː) or -ules anatomy
- a small spot or area of distinct colour, esp the macula lutea
- any small discoloured spot or blemish on the skin, such as a freckle
adj.1822, from macula + -ar. n.plural maculae, from Latin macula “spot, stain,” used of various spots (sunspots, markings on minerals, etc.), of uncertain origin. Especially the macula lutea in the eye. n. pl. mac•u•las
- Also mac•ule (-yōōl′) A discolored spot or area on the skin that is not elevated above the surface and is characteristic of certain conditions, such as smallpox, purpura, or roseola.
- An opaque spot on the cornea.
- The macula lutea.
Plural maculae (măk′yə-lē′) maculas
- A minute yellowish area located near the center of the retina of the eye, at which visual perception is most acute.
- A discolored spot on the skin that is not elevated above the surface.