Crystalline lens
Crystalline Crys"tal*line (kr?s"tal-l?n or -l?n; 277), a. [L. crystallinus, from Gr. ????: cf. F. cristallin. See {Crystal}.] 1. Consisting, or made, of crystal. [1913 Webster]

Mount, eagle, to my palace crystalline. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Formed by crystallization; like crystal in texture. [1913 Webster]

Their crystalline structure. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

3. Imperfectly crystallized; as, granite is only crystalline, while quartz crystal is perfectly crystallized. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: Resembling crystal; pure; transparent; pellucid. ``The crystalline sky.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Crystalline heavens}, or {Crystalline spheres}, in the Ptolemaic system of astronomy, two transparent spheres imagined to exist between the region of the fixed stars and the primum mobile (or outer circle of the heavens, which by its motion was supposed to carry round all those within it), in order to explain certain movements of the heavenly bodies.

{Crystalline lens} (Anat.), the capsular lenslike body in the eye, serving to focus the rays of light. It consists of rodlike cells derived from the external embryonic epithelium. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Crystalline lens — Lens Lens (l[e^]nz), n.; pl. {Lenses} ( [e^]z). [L. lens a lentil. So named from the resemblance in shape of a double convex lens to the seed of a lentil. Cf. {Lentil}.] (Opt.) A piece of glass, or other transparent substance, ground with two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crystalline lens — n the lens of the eye …   Medical dictionary

  • crystalline lens — n. LENS (sense 3) …   English World dictionary

  • Crystalline lens — Humor Hu mor, n. [OE. humour, OF. humor, umor, F. humeur, L. humor, umor, moisture, fluid, fr. humere, umere, to be moist. See {Humid}.] [Written also {humour}.] 1. Moisture, especially, the moisture or fluid of animal bodies, as the chyle, lymph …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crystalline lens — lęšiukas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. crystalline lens vok. Augenlinse, f; Kristallinse, f rus. хрусталик, m pranc. cristallin, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • crystalline lens — noun biconvex transparent body situated behind the iris in the eye; its role (along with the cornea) is to focuses light on the retina • Syn: ↑lens, ↑lens of the eye • Hypernyms: ↑organ • Part Holonyms: ↑eye, ↑oculus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • crystalline lens — crys′talline lens′ n. oph lens 4) • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • crystalline lens — noun Date: 1794 the lens of the eye in vertebrates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crystalline lens — noun the lens of the eye …   English new terms dictionary

  • crystalline lens — /krɪstəlaɪn ˈlɛnz/ (say kristuhluyn lenz) noun a doubly convex, transparent, lens like body in the eye, situated behind the iris and serving to focus the rays of light on the retina …   Australian English dictionary

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