from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Biology A distinctive border or edge, such as the junction between the cornea and sclera of the eyeball.
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- n. A border of an anatomical part, such as the edge of the cornea.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as limbo, 1.
- n. Pl. limbi (-bī). In anatomy, a border.
- n. In conchology, the circumference of the valves of a bivalve shell from the disk to the border or margin.
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- n. a border or edge of any of various body parts distinguished by color or structure
The word comes from the Latin word "limbus", meaning the edge.
The real action takes place when the image is downloaded to the computer: sophisticated software isolates the circular area around the iris called the limbus, where a film of tear fluid over the cornea reflects the world like a clear midsummer lake.
In the New Testament, Christ refers by various names and figures to the place or state which Catholic tradition has agreed to call the limbus patrum.
The procedure involved extracting healthy stem cells from the limbus, which is located between the colored and white part of the eye.
The stem cells of the cornea, located in an area called limbus, multiplied rapidly in the gel.
The research led by Professor Yann Barrandon, who holds a joint appointment at EPFL and the Lausanne University Hospitals (CHUV), challenges this prevailing opinion that the limbus is the only place where corneal stem cells reside.
Since we have only the word border in Englifh, to exprefs the upper fpreading part, both in this, and the polypeta - lous corolla, it would perhaps be better to preferve the Latin terms limbus for the firft and lamina for the fecond.
The word itself comes from the Latin limbus, meaning an "edge or boundary."
In cases where both eyes were damaged by burns, cells were taken from an unaffected part of the limbus.
The cells were taken from the limbus, the rim around the cornea, the clear window that covers the colored part of the eye.
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