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crystalline lens

The lens of the eye in vertebrates and certain invertebrates.

crystalline lens

(Anatomy) a biconvex transparent elastic structure in the eye situated behind the iris, serving to focus images on the retina



n., pl. lens•es.
1. a piece of transparent substance, usu. glass, having two opposite surfaces either both curved or one curved and one plane, used in optical devices for changing the convergence of light rays, as for magnification, or in correcting defects of vision.
2. a combination of such pieces.
3. some analogous device, as for affecting sound waves, electromagnetic radiation, or streams of electrons.
4. a doubly convex, transparent body in the eye, behind the pupil, that focuses incident light on the retina.
5. a body of rock or ore that is thick in the middle and thinner toward the edges, similar in shape to a biconvex lens.
[1685–95; < New Latin; Latin lēns a lentil (a lens so called from its shape); compare lentil]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crystalline lens - biconvex transparent body situated behind the iris in the eyecrystalline lens - biconvex transparent body situated behind the iris in the eye; its role (along with the cornea) is to focuses light on the retina
organ - a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
eye, oculus, optic - the organ of sight
lens cortex, cortex - the tissue that surrounds the lens nucleus
lens capsule - a tenuous mesoblastic membrane surrounding the lens of the eye

crys·tal·line lens

n. cristalino, lente del ojo.
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16); both groups also used the Pentacam but on slightly younger patients (and therefore with potentially thinner crystalline lenses preoperatively) than in our study.
Ultraviolet A is absorbed by the corneal epithelium and nuclear of crystalline lenses.
Children may be more at risk of the condition due to their clearer crystalline lenses.