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snow blindness

the usually temporary dimming of the sight caused by the glare of reflected sunlight on snow.
Origin of snow blindness
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[snoh-blahynd] /ˈsnoʊˌblaɪnd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Although all the men were provided with blue spectacles, many cases of snow-blindness occurred.

    The Relief of Chitral George John Younghusband
  • Then I was attacked by snow-blindness, the pain of which must be experienced to be realised.

  • All of a sudden, like it always hits you, snow-blindness gits me, an' I shouts to Honest Simms.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • Spectacles at once,” he said, “or I shall be having cases of snow-blindness to attend.

    Steve Young George Manville Fenn
  • He at once seemed to understand that they had been struck with snow-blindness, and he made signs to Archy that he could cure them.

    Archibald Hughson W.H.G. Kingston
  • I have previously had several severe attacks of snow-blindness.

  • How dreadful would have been our fate had the whole party been struck by snow-blindness!

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
  • It is the same, in a slightly different way, with snow-blindness.

  • Even the plainsman is wary at this time of the year, for the perils of snow-blindness are as real to him as to the “tenderfoot.”

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • Like all other ills, snow-blindness may easily be dispelled by taking it in time.

snow-blindness in Medicine

snow blindness n.
A usually temporary loss of vision and inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea caused by exposure to bright sunlight and ultraviolet rays reflected from snow or ice.

snow'-blind' or snow'-blind'ed adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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