cataract

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin cataracta 'waterfall, portcullis', from Ancient Greek καταράκτης (kataráktēs), from καταράσσω (katarássō, I pour down).

Noun[edit]

cataract (plural cataracts)

  1. (obsolete) A waterspout
  2. A large waterfall; steep rapids in a river.
    The cataracts on the Nile helped compartiment Upper Egypt
  3. A flood of water
  4. An overwhelming downpour or rush
    His cataract of eloquence
  5. (pathology) A disease of the eye causing its opacity and, unless treated, leading to blindness.
    • 1999, J J Gallo, J Busby-Whitehead, W Reichel, P V Rabins, R A Silliman, Reichel's care of the elderly[1], page 563:
      Rarely, a dense, swollen neglected cataract precipitates an angle-closure glaucoma.

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Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: ca‧ta‧ract

Noun[edit]

cataract f (plural cataracten, diminutive cataractje n)

  1. cataract, waterfall
  2. (pathology) cataract

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