noun, plural maculae [mak-yuh-lee] .
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.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: spot, blemish

macular, adjective
multimacular, adjective Unabridged
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macula or macule (ˈmækjʊlə, ˈmækjuːl)
n , pl -ulae, -ules
1.  a small spot or area of distinct colour, esp the macula lutea
2.  any small discoloured spot or blemish on the skin, such as a freckle
[C14: from Latin]
macule or macule (ˈmækjʊlə, ˈmækjuːl, -jʊˌliː)
[C14: from Latin]
'macular or macule

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pl. maculae, from L. macula "spot, stain;" especially the macula lutea in the eye.
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macula mac·u·la (māk'yə-lə)
n. pl. mac·u·las or mac·u·lae (-lē')

  1. Also mac·ule (-yōōl') A spot, stain, or blemish, especially an area of discoloration on the skin caused by excess or lack of pigment.

  2. A small area distinguishable from the surrounding tissue.

  3. The macula lutea.

mac'u·lar adj.
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macula   (māk'yə-lə)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural maculae (māk'yə-lē') or maculas
  1. A minute yellowish area located near the center of the retina of the eye, at which visual perception is most acute.

  2. A discolored spot on the skin that is not elevated above the surface.

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Example sentences
The macula is the part of the eye that is responsible for sight in the center
  of the field of vision.
The macula sits in the center of the retina of the eye.
The doctor will look for specific changes in the macula and blood vessels.
Central vision becomes severely affected if the macula, the part of the retina
  responsible for fine vision, becomes detached.
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