lenti-, lent-, lens- +

(Latin: lens, lentil)

achromatic lens
A compound lens made of two or more lenses having different indices of refraction, so correlated as to minimize chromatic aberration.
acoustic lens (s) (noun), acoustic lenses (pl)
In ultrasonography, a lens used to focus or to diverge a sound beam which may be simulated by the electronic manipulations of signals: "Acoustic lenses are made of a material by which the speed of sound differs from that in the surrounding medium and the acoustic lenses may be solid, liquid, or gas."
bifocal lens (s) (noun), bifocal lenses (pl)
A lens used in cases of presbyopia, in which one portion is suited for distant vision, the other for reading and close work in general: The reading addition of a bifocal lens may be cemented to the lens, fused to the front surface, or ground into a one-piece form.

Other bifocal lenses are the flat-top Franklin type, or blended invisibly.

compound lens
An optic system of two or more lenses.
concavoconvex lens
A lens is one with one concave and one convex face.
lens (s), lenses (pl)
1. A ground or molded piece of glass, plastic, or other transparent material with opposite surfaces either or both of which are curved, by means of which light rays are refracted so that they converge or diverge to form an image.
2. A combination of two or more such pieces, sometimes with other optical devices such as prisms, used to form an image for viewing or photographing. Also called "compound lens".
3. A device that causes radiation other than light to converge or diverge by an action analogous to that of an optical lens.
4. A transparent, biconvex body of the eye between the iris and the vitreous humor that focuses light rays entering through the pupil of the eye to form an image on the retina.
5. The transparent part of the eye, behind the pupil.

The lens was named after the lentil bean because it resembled it in shape and size

A lens is the transparent structure inside the eye that focuses light rays onto the retina which is the nerve layer that lines the back of the eye, senses light and creates impulses that go through the optic nerve to the brain.

In addition to the lens, the eye has a number of other components including the cornea, iris, pupil, retina, macula, optic nerve, and vitreous.

  • The cornea is the clear front window of the eye that transmits and focuses light into the eye.
  • The iris is the colored part of the eye that helps regulate the amount of light that enters the eye.
  • The pupil is the dark aperture in the iris that determines how much light is let into the eye.
  • The retina is the nerve layer that lines the back of the eye, senses light and creates impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain.
  • The macula is a small area in the retina that contains special light-sensitive cells and allows us to see fine details clearly.
  • The optic nerve is the nerve that connects the eye to the brain and carries the impulses formed by the retina to the visual cortex of the brain.
  • The vitreous humor is a clear, jelly-like substance that fills the middle of the eye.
lens fibers
The highly modified epithelial cells that form the main mass of the lens of the eye.
lens placode
The ectodermal anlage of the lens of the eye; its formation is induced by the presence of the underlying optic vesicle.
lens star
The starlike arrangement of the lens sutures, having three to nine rays, produced by the growth of the lens fibers.
lense
A misspelling of lens.
lensectomy
Removal of the lens of the eye by an infusion-aspiration (introduction of a fluid) cutter; often done by puncture incision through the pars plana (darkly pigmented posterior zone) during the procedure of vitrectomy.
lensometer
An instrument for determining the optical centers and refractive power of spheres and lenses, to locate the axes of cylindrical lenses, and to measure the power and to locate the direction of prisms.
lensopathy
The process by which tear proteins are deposited on a contact lens.
lenticonus
1. A rare, usually congenital, anomaly of the lens; marked by a conical prominence upon its anterior or, more rarely, upon its posterior surface.
2. Conical projection of the anterior or posterior surface of the lens of the eye, occurring as a developmental anomaly.
lentiform
Lens-shaped or shaped like a lentil seed.

Related references to "eye" or "eye part" word families: blepharo-; core-; corneo-; eye, eyes; irido-; lenticulo-; ocelli-; oculo-; op-, -optic; ophthalmo-; phaco-; pupillo-; retino-; uveo-.