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crystalline lens

noun, Anatomy
1.
a doubly convex, transparent body in the eye, situated behind the iris, that focuses incident light on the retina.
Origin of crystalline lens
1785-1795
1785-95
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  • The eyeball of a nearsighted person is very wide, and the retina is too far away from the crystalline lens.

    General Science Bertha M. Clark
  • It is not the crystalline lens of your eyes which is sorry, when you cry?

  • These cones, agreeing in number with the facettes, play the part of the crystalline lens in the eyes of animals.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • If the crystalline lens of a Triton be removed, it is regenerated by the iris.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • The optic nerve appears to have retained its health long after the crystalline lens has parted with its transparency.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • The eyes must, besides, be very imperfect, for they possess no crystalline lens.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • This refers to the enamel of the teeth and the crystalline lens of the eye.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
  • The crystalline lens is voluminous, spherical, and diaphanous.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • The crystalline lens is a small body of a crystalline appearance and lenticular shape, whence its name.

  • When impressed by colours, are we conscious of an optic nerve, retina, crystalline lens and other instrumental powers of vision?

British Dictionary definitions for crystalline lens

crystalline lens

noun
1.
a biconvex transparent elastic structure in the eye situated behind the iris, serving to focus images on the retina
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