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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To multimacular
World English Dictionary
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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

pl. maculae, from L. macula "spot, stain;" especially the macula lutea in the eye.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
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.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature