macula cribrosa


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macula

 [mak´u-lah] (L.)
1. a stain, spot, or thickening; in anatomy, an area distinguishable by color or otherwise from its surroundings. Often used alone to refer to the macula retinae.
2. a discolored spot on the skin that is not raised above the surface; called also macule.
3. a corneal scar that can be seen without special optical aids; it presents as a gray spot intermediate between a nebula and a leukoma.
4. macula lutea. adj., adj mac´ular, mac´ulate.
acoustic maculae (ma´culae acus´ticae) the macula sacculi and macula utriculi considered together.
macula atro´phica a white atrophic patch on the skin.
macula ceru´lea a blue patch on the skin seen in pediculosis.
macula cribro´sa a perforated spot or area; one of three perforated areas (inferior, medial, and superior) in the wall of the vestibule of the ear through which branches of the vestibulocochlear nerve pass to the saccule, utricle, and semicircular canals.
macula den´sa a zone of heavily nucleated cells in the distal renal tubule that feed information to the juxtaglomerular cells.
macula fla´va a yellow nodule at one end of a vocal cord.
macula folli´culi follicular stigma.
macula germinati´va germinal area; the part of the ovum where the embryo is formed.
macula lu´tea (macula lu´tea re´tinae) (macula re´tinae) an irregular yellowish depression on the retina, lateral to and slightly below the optic disk; receives and analyzes light only from the center of the visual field.
macula sac´culi a thickening on the wall of the saccule where the epithelium contains hair cells that receive and transmit vestibular impulses.
macula utri´culi a thickening in the wall of the utricle where the epithelium contains hair cells that are stimulated by linear acceleration and deceleration and by gravity.

mac·u·la cri·bro·sa

, pl.

mac·'u·lae cri·bro·'sae

[TA]
one of three areas on the wall of the vestibule of the labyrinth, marked by numerous foramina giving passage to nerve filaments supplying portions of the membranous labyrinth: macula cribrosa inferior [TA], located in the posterior bony ampulla for passage of posterior ampullary nerve fibers; macula cribrosa media [TA], area near the base of the cochlea through which the saccular nerve fibers pass; macula cribrosa superior [TA], perforated area above the elliptic recess for passage of the utriculoampullary nerve fibers. Macula cribrosa quarta is a name sometimes applied to the opening for the cochlear nerve.

mac·u·la cri·bro·sa

, pl. maculae cribrosae (mak'yū-lă kri-brō'să, mak-yū-lē kri-brō'sē) [TA]
One of three areas on the wall of the vestibule of the labyrinth, marked by numerous foramina giving passage to nerve filaments supplying portions of the membranous labyrinth; macula cribrosa inferior, located in the posterior bony ampulla for passage of posterior ampullary nerve fibers; macula cribrosa media, area near the base of the cochlea through which the saccular nerve fibers pass; macula cribrosa superior, perforated area above the elliptic recess for passage of the utriculoampullary nerve fibers; macula cribrosa quarta, a name sometimes applied to the opening for the cochlear nerve.
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