base curve

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curve, base (BC) 

1. The shallower principal meridian of a toroidal surface of a toric lens. The other meridian of the toroidal surface which has the maximum power is called the cross curve.
2. In a meniscus lens, the shallower of the two surfaces.
3. Of a range of lenses of different powers, a surface power common to all the lenses in that range. See periscopic lens; back optic zone radius.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann
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