[glaw-koh-muh, glou-] /glɔˈkoʊ mə, glaʊ-/ Show IPA
Ophthalmology. abnormally high fluid pressure in the eye, most commonly caused either by blockage of the channel through which aqueous humor drains (open-angle glaucoma or chronic glaucoma) or by pressure of the iris against the lens, which traps the aqueous humor (angle-closure glaucoma or acute glaucoma)
Origin 1635–45; < Greekglaúkōma opacity of the eye lens. See glauco-, -oma
glaucoma glau·co·ma (glou-kō'mə, glô-) n. Any of a group of eye diseases characterized by abnormally high intraocular fluid pressure, damaged optic disk, hardening of the eyeball, and partial to complete loss of vision.
(glou-kō'mə, glô-) A disease of the eye in which the pressure of fluid inside the eyeball is abnormally high, caused by obstructed outflow of the fluid. The increased pressure can damage the optic nerve and lead to partial or complete loss of vision.