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vitreous humor

noun, Anatomy
the transparent gelatinous substance filling the eyeball behind the crystalline lens.
Origin of vitreous humor
1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The posterior surface is in contact with the vitreous humor.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • What is the use of the aqueous humor and the vitreous humor?

  • It is with the retina, therefore, that the vitreous humor is in contact.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • These media are the cornea, the aqueous humor, and the vitreous humor.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • The light, coming through the pupil and traversing the vitreous humor, strikes the retina from the inside of the eyeball.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • The vitreous humor has been thus denominated on account of its resemblance to glass in a state of fusion.

  • In the healthy eye the aqueous humor, lens, and vitreous humor are clear, and do not in any way obstruct the passage of the light.

  • The vitreous humor fills about four-fifths of the eyeball and prevents it from falling into a shapeless mass.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • The vitreous humor, situated back of the other two, forms the principal part of the globe of the eye.

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
  • The mucous tissue, as Virchow calls it, common in embryonic structures, seen in the vitreous humor of the adult.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
vitreous humor in Medicine

vitreous humor n.

  1. The clear gelatinous substance that fills the eyeball between the retina and the lens.

  2. The vitreous body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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vitreous humor in Science
vitreous humor  
The gelatinous substance that fills the chamber of the eye between the retina and the lens.
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