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Definition of Aphakia

Aphakia: Absence or loss of the eye's natural crystalline lens, as after cataract removal.

From a-, without + phacos, the Greek word for a lentil bean. The ancients thought (quite correctly) that the lens of the eye was shaped like a lentil bean.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=18198
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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