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noun Ophthalmology.
  1. lack or loss of the lens of the eye.
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Also a·pha·cia [uh-fey-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh] /əˈfeɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə, -si ə/.

Origin of aphakia

1860–65; < New Latin, equivalent to a- a-6 + Greek phak(ós) lentil (for sense see lens) + -ia
Related formsa·pha·kic, a·pha·cic [uh-fey-sik] /əˈfeɪ sɪk/, a·pha·cial [uh-fey-shuh l] /əˈfeɪ ʃəl/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • An eye without a lens (aphakia) will not work with an eye with a lens even if the former be corrected with glasses.

    A System of Operative Surgery, Volume IV (of 4)


British Dictionary definitions for aphakia


  1. absence of the lens of an eye, congenital or otherwise
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Word Origin

from a- 1 + Greek phakos lentil + -ia
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aphakia in Medicine


  1. Absence of the crystalline lens of the eye.
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Related formsa•phaki•al null adj.
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