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[foh-vee-uh] /ˈfoʊ vi ə/
noun, plural foveae
[foh-vee-ee] /ˈfoʊ viˌi/ (Show IPA).
a small pit or depression in a bone or other structure.
Origin of fovea
1840-50; < Latin: pit
Related forms
foveal, adjective
postfoveal, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -veae (-vɪˌiː)
(anatomy) any small pit or depression in the surface of a bodily organ or part
Derived Forms
foveal, adjective
foveate, foveated, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: a small pit
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Word Origin and History for foveae



1849, from Latin fovea "small pit," related to favissae "underground reservoirs;" of unknown origin, perhaps from Etruscan.

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foveae in Medicine

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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