muscae volitantes


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Related to muscae volitantes: Eye floaters, Myodesopsia

musca

 [mus´kah] (L.)
mus´cae volitan´tes specks seen as floating before the eyes.

mus·cae vol·i·tan·tes

(mŭs'kē vol'i-tan'tēs),
Floaters; appearance of moving spots before the eyes, arising from remnants of the embryologic hyaloid vascular system in the vitreous humor.
[L. pl. of musca, fly; pres. ppl. of volito, to fly to and fro]

mus·cae vol·i·tan·tes

(mŭs'ē vol-i-tan'tēz)
Floaters; appearance of moving spots before the eyes, arising from remnants of the embryologic hyaloid vascular system in the vitreous humor.
[L. pl. of musca, fly; pres. ppl. of volito, to fly to and fro]

muscae volitantes

An entoptic phenomenon produced by the presence of remnants of embryonic structures floating within the vitreous humour. They appear like floating spots on a bright uniform background. As they are lighter than the vitreous body they tend to float upward but appear to the patient to move downward because of the reversal of the retinal image. Syn. mouches volantes. See floaters; entoptic image; myiodesopia; opacity.