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.

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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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