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age-related macular degenerationnoun [U]

uk   /ˌeɪdʒ.rɪˌleɪ.tɪd mæk.jə.lə dɪ.dʒen.əˈreɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˈeɪdʒ.rɪˌleɪ.t̬ɪd ˈmæk.jə.lər dɪˌdʒen.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ (abbreviation AMD, macular degeneration) specialized
a ​disease in ​olderpeople that ​weakens the most ​importantpart of the ​retina (= the ​area at the back of the ​eye that ​receiveslight). This ​leads to ​problems when ​lookingdirectly at ​objects and sometimes ​eventually to ​loss of ​sight
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