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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

eye′ bank`(n.)

  1. a place for the storage of corneas that have been removed from the eyes of people recently deceased, used for transplanting to the eyes of persons having corneal defects.

Origin of eye bank:

1940–45, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. eye bank(noun)

    a place for storing and preserving corneas that are obtained from human corpses immediately after death; used for corneal transplantation to patients with corneal defects

Wiktionary

  1. eye bank(Noun)

    a reserve store of human corneas kept for treatment of the blind

Freebase

  1. Eye bank

    Eye banks retrieve and store eyes for cornea transplants and research. The first eye bank was founded in 1944. Currently, in the United States, eye banks provide tissue for about 46,000 cornea transplants each year to treat conditions such as keratoconus and corneal scarring. In some cases, the white of the eye is used to surgically repair recipient eyes. Unlike other organs and tissues, there is an adequate supply of corneas for transplants in the United States, and excess tissue is exported internationally, however, there is a shortage of corneal tissue internationally.

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