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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 addition, cataracts, which occur in nearly 50% of people ages 75 to 80, should be addressed early to decrease your risk of falls.
These cells accumulate in the body with age and cause inflammation, arthritic joints and cataracts.
Mike has cataracts — causing him to be totally blind in his right eye and limiting his vision in his left eye to about 50%.
Medical concerns facing the midwives will include everything from breech birth to cancer, Huntington's chorea, and cataracts.
The two cataracts on the footprint of the World Trade Center demand attention by dint of their enormous size alone: Millions of feet of commercial real estate were ceded to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Ozone blocks ultraviolet radiation from the sun, which can cause health problems ranging from cataracts and other eye problems to premature skin aging and potentially fatal skin cancers.
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.
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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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Definition of cataract for English Language Learners
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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