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 formssnow-blind [snoh-blahynd] /ˈsnoʊˌblaɪnd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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temporarily unable to see or having impaired vision because of the intense reflection of sunlight from snow
Derived Formssnow blindness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snow-blind

1748, from snow (n.) + blind (adj.).

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snow-blind in Medicine

snow blindness



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.
Related formssnow-blind′ null adj.
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