snow blindness


Definition of snow blindness

: inflammation and photophobia caused by exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet rays reflected from snow or ice

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Other Words from snow blindness

snow-blind \ ˈsnō-​ˌblīnd How to pronounce snow-blind (audio) \ or snow-blinded \ ˈsnō-​ˌblīn-​dəd How to pronounce snow-blinded (audio) \ adjective

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Poor weather prevented the team from reaching Mackiewicz, who had snow blindness and altitude sickness, Karrar Haidri, a top official in the Pakistan Alpine Federation, said Sunday. Zarar Khan, The Seattle Times, "Rescuers in Pakistan call off efforts to save Polish climber," 28 Jan. 2018 During their descent, Mr. Mackiewicz is said to have had acute mountain sickness, caused by the lack of oxygen in the lower air pressure that exists at higher altitudes, as well as snow blindness and frostbite. Meher Ahmad, New York Times, "Climber Rescued on Pakistan’s ‘Killer Mountain,’ but Another Is in Peril," 28 Jan. 2018 Mackiewicz is reportedly in critical condition, suffering from frostbite and snow blindness, while Revol’s left toes are frostbitten, according to the Express Tribune. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Dramatic Rescue Mission Is Underway for Climbers Stuck on 'Killer Mountain' Nanga Parbat," 27 Jan. 2018 The sun's strong rays at high altitudes can burn the skin and eyes, causing snow blindness. Author: John Branch, Anchorage Daily News, "Deliverance from 27,000 feet: The journey home for 2 climbers who perished on Everest," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of snow blindness

1748, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of snow blindness

: inflammation and photophobia caused by exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet rays reflected from snow or ice

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