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snow blindness

the usually temporary dimming of the sight caused by the glare of reflected sunlight on snow.
Origin of snow blindness
First recorded in 1740-50
Related forms
[snoh-blahynd] /ˈsnoʊˌblaɪnd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • The black eyes of the Indians seemed very susceptible to this disease, which they call “snow blindness.”

    By Canoe and Dog-Train Egerton Ryerson Young
  • This is just the kind of day to get a bad attack of snow blindness.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • The day after this entry superadded the visitation of snow blindness to our trials.

  • In traveling in the spring the Eskimo always use snow goggles to protect themselves from snow blindness.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • The natives use them to protect themselves from snow blindness.

  • This time of travelling 277 was selected more with a view to the prevention of snow blindness than anything else.

    The Great Frozen Sea Albert Hastings Markham
  • A mild attack of snow blindness held Jimmy prisoner all the next day.

    Bobby of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • Four of the men had also been suffering for the last few days from snow blindness, though not in a severe form.

    The Great Frozen Sea Albert Hastings Markham
  • He was not suffering so much from snow blindness either as the others, for he had been able to keep his eyes covered.

    South from Hudson Bay E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • If this snow blindness permits me, I hope to-morrow to prove myself a more lucky sportsman.

snow blindness in Medicine

snow blindness n.
A usually temporary loss of vision and inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea caused by exposure to bright sunlight and ultraviolet rays reflected from snow or ice.

snow'-blind' or snow'-blind'ed adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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