eye bank


: a storage place for human corneas from the newly dead for transplant to the eyes of those blind from corneal defects

Examples of eye bank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unclaimed cellphones collected by Old Ebbitt Grill get donated to Goodwill and women’s shelters, while the many glasses left at Joe’s are sent to eye banks. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2023 An Orlando eye bank that processes and distributes tissue for cornea transplants has drawn the attention of state lawmakers in Tallahassee, sparking a debate over whether for-profit companies are turning body parts into commodities. Skyler Swisher, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Oct. 2021 All the money raised went directly to the eye bank where many will benefit in their eye care. Houston Chronicle, 27 Feb. 2018 To thank Mike Patel, the owner of Russo's, for his support of the drive, the club presented him with a plaque for a life membership in the eye bank. Houston Chronicle, 27 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eye bank was in 1938

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“Eye bank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eye%20bank. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

eye bank

: a storage place for human corneas from the newly dead for transplanting to the eyes of those blind through corneal defects
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