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an eyelike structure that develops from the pineal apparatus in certain cold-blooded vertebrates.
an outgrowth of the pineal gland that forms an eyelike structure on the top of the head in certain cold-blooded vertebrates
pineal eye
(pĭn’ē-əl, pī’nē-əl)
A sensory structure capable of light reception, appearing as a spot on the top of the head in lampreys, hagfish, amphibians, and some reptiles, especially the tuatara. Pineal eyes can contain a rudimentary cornea, lens, cone cells, and retina, and are thought to be sensitive to light and dark but not to be able to form images.


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    pinealoma pin·e·a·lo·ma (pĭn’ē-ə-lō’mə, pī’nē-) n. pin·e·a·lo·mas or pin·e·a·lo·ma·ta (-mə-tə) A neoplasm derived from the pineal body and characterized by large, round, or polygonal cells with large nuclei and small cells that resemble lymphocytes.

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