arcus senilis

[ ahr-kuh s suh-nahy-lis ]
/ ˈɑr kəs səˈnaɪ lɪs /

noun Ophthalmology.

the appearance of a yellowish-gray lipid ring around the margin of the cornea, occurring in aging persons.

Nearby words

  1. arcuate veins of kidney,
  2. arcuate zone,
  3. arcuation,
  4. arcus,
  5. arcus cornealis,
  6. ard,
  7. ardeb,
  8. ardebil,
  9. ardeid,
  10. ardella

Origin of arcus senilis

First recorded in 1785–95, arcus senilis is from the Latin word arcus senīlis literally, old man's bow

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British Dictionary definitions for arcus senilis

arcus senilis

/ (ˈɑːkəs sɪˈnaɪlɪs) /

noun

an opaque circle around the cornea of the eye, often seen in elderly people

Word Origin for arcus senilis

Latin: senile bow

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