One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Winemaking. The practice of cooling grapes to a point where unripe grapes freeze, thus yielding juice only from the ripest fruit when pressed, and used especially in the artificial production of ice wine.
2Ophthalmology. Surgical removal of the lens by means of an instrument with a tip cooled to freezing point, to which the lens tissue adheres; an instance of this.
1960s; earliest use found in Italian Books & Periodicals. From cryo- + extraction, originally after Italian crioestrazione.
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