fovea

[foh-vee-uh]
noun, plural foveae [foh-vee-ee] . Biology.
a small pit or depression in a bone or other structure.

Origin:
1840–50; < Latin: pit

foveal, adjective
postfoveal, adjective
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fovea (ˈfəʊvɪə)
 
n , pl -veae
1.  anatomy any small pit or depression in the surface of a bodily organ or part
2.  See fovea centralis
 
[C19: from Latin: a small pit]
 
'foveal
 
adj
 
'foveate
 
adj
 
'foveated
 
adj

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fovea
1849, from L. fovea small pit.
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fovea fo·ve·a (fō'vē-ə)
n. pl. fo·ve·ae (-vē-ē')

  1. A small pit or cuplike depression in a bone or an organ.

  2. The fovea centralis.

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It is extremely difficult to kern language into the fovea.
He found that the fovea was larger than its neighbors throughout much of the embryo's development.
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