floater

[ floh-ter ]
/ ˈfloʊ tər /

noun

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Origin of floater

First recorded in 1710–20; float + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for floaters

floater
/ (ˈfləʊtə) /

noun

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Medical definitions for floaters

floaters
[ flōtər ]

pl.n.

Specks or small threads in the visual field, usually perceived to be moving, that are caused by minute aggregations of cells or proteins in the vitreous humor of the eye.
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