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Examples of cataract in a Sentence
the roaring cataract is one of the park's most majestic sights
in spring the melting snows usually produce a cataract that inundates the valley
Recent Examples of cataract from the Web
In America, congenital cataracts—a clouding of the eye lens at birth that can lead to blindness—are vanishingly (and thankfully) uncommon.
The treatment has potential side effects, including macular thinning, ocular pressure, cataracts, retinal tears, and eye inflammation.
Among the most common side effects were eye redness, cataracts, increased pressure within the eye and retinal tears.
Science has made great strides in reversing vision-limiting problems in the front of the eye — for example, removing cataracts and replacing scarred corneas.
Ozone, a colorless gas, protects the Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation, which could cause higher rates of skin cancer and cataracts disease, as well as disrupt plant growth, scientists say.
But patients with cataracts or arthritis often have to wait for operations the Canadian system considers elective.
Tourists could pay to traverse the bridge to get a closer look at the cataracts.
The falls would have been bigger than Niagara, but there was no apparent source of water for them—no signs whatsoever of a river leading to the cataract.
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Did You Know?
The meaning of "cataract" we're most familiar with is also the oldest. It dates to the 14th century and comes from the Latin word cataracta, meaning "portcullis," probably because the ocular cataract obstructs vision in a way reminiscent of the way the portcullis's heavy iron grating obstructs passage into a fortress or castle. Latin cataracta has another meaning, however-"waterfall"-and that meaning gave us the water-related meanings that came in later centuries. The connection between the two Latin meanings can be seen in katarassein, the Greek source of cataracta. It means "to dash down"-an action we see in both the slamming portcullis and the cascading waterfall.
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