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Pronunciation: mak'yu-la, -u-le


  1. A circumscribed flat area, up to 1 cm in diameter, differing perceptibly in color from the surrounding tissue.
  2. A small discolored patch or spot on the skin, neither elevated above nor depressed below the skin's surface.
  3. The neuroepithelial sensory receptors of the utricle and saccule of the vestibular labyrinth collectively.

Synonym(s): maculae utriculosaccularisTA

[L. a spot]

See Also: spot

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