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English definition of “retina”


noun [C]     /ˈret.ɪ.nə/ US  /ˈret̬.ən.ə/ (plural retinas or retinae)
the area at the back of the eye that receives light and sends pictures of what the eye sees to the brainThe eye and surrounding areaEyesight, glasses and lensesUsing the eyes
(Definition of retina noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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