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Related to cataractous: intumescent cataract, brunescent cataract


1. A large or high waterfall.
2. A great downpour; a deluge.
3. Medicine Opacity of the lens or capsule of the eye, causing impairment of vision or blindness.

[Middle English cataracte, from Old French, from Latin cataracta, from Greek katarraktēs, kataraktēs, downrush, waterfall, portcullis, probably from katarassein, to dash down (kat-, kata-, cata- + arassein, to strike). Sense 3, from a comparison to a portcullis or other falling impediment or covering.]

cat′a·rac′tous (-răk′təs) adj.
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of or relating to cataracts
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"The whole team came together and they repaired his cornea and they removed his cataractous lens because of the severity of the injury," he explained.
Superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase in the human cataractous lens.
Evaluation of antioxidants and argpyrimidine in normal and cataractous lenses in north Indian population.
Cataractous patients with CS deficit in both eyes were found to be six times more likely to have had recent crash involvement.
Lens cadmium, lead, and serum vitamins C, E, and beta carotene in cataractous smoking patients.
Osmotic stress caused by sorbitol accumulation in the ocular lens has long been suggested to be the major cause of this complication, since sorbitol was found to be accumulated to a substantially high level in cataractous lenses in diabetic patients.
Status of enzymatic antioxidants in eye lens extracted from cataractous subjects.
When we inspected the patient closely, we also found that the pupils were very small and were stuck to the cataractous lens.
Glycation of cataractous lens in non- diabetic senile subjects and in diabetic patients.
Ocular lesions included microphthalmia, multiple PPMs (iris-to-iris and iris-to-lens), microphakia with cataract formation, myovascularised membrane surrounding the cataractous lens and expanding into the vitreous towards the retina, retinal detachment, and retinal dysplasia (Figure 2).
John Shammas, "Variability of axial length, anterior chamber depth, and lens thickness in the cataractous eye," Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, vol.
Currently, the only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery, including removal of the cataractous lens and implantation of an artificial intraocular lens.