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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
Many physicians believe that the cardiovascular benefits derived from statins outweigh the potential risk of cataracts.
Keillor has survived heart surgery, a minor stroke and seizures, and recently had surgery on his left eye for cataracts and glaucoma.
The woman was being prepared for cataracts surgery at Britain’s Solihull Hospital when scientists discovered the lenses, according to the Washington Post.
If taken for long periods, these drops may increase the risk of cataracts and glaucoma.
Scientists aren’t sure why exercise protects against cataracts and AMD.
Research shows that people who are physically active have a lower risk of cataracts.
Normally, once cataracts are removed, lenses to improve vision are inserted.
A diet high in vitamin C – oranges, red peppers, strawberries, broccoli – may help curb cataracts by 33 percent.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of cataract
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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medical : a condition in which a part of your eye (called the lens) becomes cloudy and you cannot see well
: a large waterfall
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