snow blindness

noun

Definition of snow blindness

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

Other Words from snow blindness

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

Examples of snow blindness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of all the horrors of a 19th-century European voyage to the Arctic—noses and cheeks turned necrotic by frostbite, snow blindness, sea madness, broken bones badly knit—perhaps most ghastly was scurvy. Bathsheba Demuth, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2021 The second climber, Pakistani-American Puwei Liu, 55, reached the Hillary Step at 28,800 feet before suffering exhaustion and snow blindness, a condition in which a person loses much of their vision in the bright snow. Alan Arnette, Outside Online, 13 May 2021 Puwei Liu, 55, suffered from snow blindness and exhaustion while descending from Hillary Step, between the mountain at South Col and the summit, a spokesperson for Seven Summit Treks, which organized the expedition, confirms to PEOPLE. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2021 Sometimes called snow blindness, photokeratitis can be caused by solar reflection from sand, water, ice and snow. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2019 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, 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, 27 Jan. 2018 Sometimes called snow blindness, photokeratitis can be caused by solar reflection from sand, water, ice and snow. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2019 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, 28 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of snow blindness

1748, in the meaning defined above

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“Snow blindness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snow%20blindness. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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snow blindness

noun

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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