crystalline lens


: the lens of the eye in vertebrates

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Recent isotopic analyses by researchers in Denmark and Sweden show that the oldest easily identifiable structures in your body are the crystalline lens proteins of your eyes and the enamel of your teeth. Curt Stager, Discover Magazine, 24 Oct. 2014 The lens will be securely placed behind the iris (the colored part of the eye), and in front of the natural crystalline lens. Hoopes Vision, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crystalline lens was in 1654

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“Crystalline lens.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

crystalline lens

: the lens of the vertebrate eye

Medical Definition

crystalline lens

: the lens of the eye

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