re·​frac·​tive | \ ri-ˈfrak-tiv How to pronounce refractive (audio) \

Definition of refractive

1 : having power to refract
2 : relating or due to refraction

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Other Words from refractive

refractively adverb
refractiveness noun
refractivity \ ˌrē-​ˌfrak-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce refractivity (audio) , ri-​ \ noun

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Uncorrected refractive errors cause blurring of vision, ocular strain, fatigue and headaches. Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, miamiherald, "Out of the blue: An employer’s guide to the impact of blue light," 15 Jan. 2018 To our surprise, more time outdoors had a protective effect and reduced the chances that a child would go on to need myopic refractive correction in the future. CNN, "Outdoor playtime might help kids' eyesight," 3 Oct. 2017 Once the light makes the electrons uncomfortable, the intensity of the light changes the refractive index. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Photons direct photons, giving hope for all-optical quantum logic," 31 July 2017 Of the overall cases, 69 percent arose from simple uncorrected refractive errors, which include myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (blurry vision up close, far away or both). By Sue Arrowsmith, miamiherald, "Children’s vision problems often go undetected, then get worse," 24 July 2017 While at Harvard, his early work helped lay the foundation for LASIK refractive surgery, UCI said. Courtney Perkes, Orange County Register, "Roger Steinert, pioneering UCI eye doctor whose work established foundation for LASIK surgery, dies at 66," 8 June 2017 In July, the bride is to begin a fellowship in cornea, refractive surgery and external diseases at Mass Eye and Ear, where the groom is to begin the third year of his residency. New York Times, "Rohini Rao, Anuraag Parikh," 28 May 2017 Durrie Vision, a refractive surgery and laser vision correction facility, moved its corporate offices within Overland Park, the company announced Monday. Steve Vockrodt,, "Durrie Vision to relocate in Overland Park," 8 May 2017 This destroys the feather’s refractive structures, and the crimp reverts to the plain, grayish brown of any bird. Dave Taft, New York Times, "The Blue Jay Way," 5 Jan. 2017

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1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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re·​frac·​tive | \ ri-ˈfrak-tiv How to pronounce refractive (audio) \

Medical Definition of refractive

1 : having power to refract a refractive lens
2 : relating to or due to refraction refractive phenomena refractive dispersion of light

Other Words from refractive

refractively adverb

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