Definition of Cataract

1. Noun. An eye disease that involves the clouding or opacification of the natural lens of the eye.

2. Noun. A large waterfall; violent rush of water over a precipice.
Generic synonyms: Falls, Waterfall

Definition of Cataract

1. n. A great fall of water over a precipice; a large waterfall.

Definition of Cataract

1. Noun. (obsolete) A waterspout ¹

2. Noun. A large waterfall; steep rapids in a river. ¹

3. Noun. A flood of water (rfex) ¹

4. Noun. An overwhelming downpour or rush ¹

5. Noun. (pathology) A disease of the eye causing its opacity and, unless treated, leading to blindness. ¹

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Definition of Cataract

1. a tremendous waterfall [n -S]

Medical Definition of Cataract

1. An ocular opacity, partial or complete, of one or both eyes, on or in the lens or capsule, especially an opacity impairing vision or causing blindness. The many kinds of cataract are classified by their morphology (size, shape, location) or aetiology (cause and time of occurrence). Origin: L. Cataracta, from Gr. Katarraktes = waterfall, floodgate, portcullis This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cataract

cataract (current term)
cataract-oligophrenia syndrome
cataract extraction
cataract lens
cataract needle
cataract spoon
cataracta brunescens
cataracta cerulea
cataracta electrica
cataracta nigra
cataracta ossea

Literary usage of Cataract

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1896)
"Whether we may with equal propriety extract immature cataract in younger individuals, is still a matter of dispute, and it is much to be desired that some ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1887)
"ARTIFICIALLY PRODUCED cataract. In La Semaine Medicate, MESSRS. BOUCHARD and CHARRIN state that naph- thalin produces cataract of both eyes in rabbits; ..."

3. Text-book of Ophthalmology by Ernst Fuchs (1911)
"The fact of a cataract occurring in an elderly person does not of itself justify the ... An old man may get a cataract in consequence of traumatism, etc. ..."

4. Diseases of the eye: A Handbook of Ophthalmic Practice for Students and by George Edmund De Schweinitz (1916)
"If patient is unable to wait for maturity of the cataract, he has often extracted ... Treatment of Mature and Complete cataract.—Mature cataract Quires an ..."

5. A Practical treatise on the diseases of the eye by William Mackenzie, Thomas Wharton Jones (1854)
"Genera and Species of cataract Class I. True cataracts - - 751 Genus I. ... Anterior Capsular cataract - ib. Species 2. Posterior Capsular cataract Genus ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Besides the above- mentioned Donders we must call attention to Alexander Pagenstecher (1827-79; operation for cataract), Eduard Jäger von ..."

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