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[mahy-oh-pee-uh] /maɪˈoʊ pi ə/
Ophthalmology. a condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused in front of the retina, objects being seen distinctly only when near to the eye; nearsightedness (opposed to hyperopia).
lack of foresight or discernment; obtuseness.
narrow-mindedness; intolerance.
Origin of myopia
1685-95; < New Latin < Greek myōpía, equivalent to myōp- (stem of mýōps) near-sighted, literally, blinking ((ein) to shut + ṓps eye) + -ia -ia Unabridged
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  • My point is that the cure for myopia is to purposely inject more material from a different perspective into your brain.
  • Instead, he writes in a black-and-white myopia that comes close to self-parody.
  • The controversy is a kind of unholy combination of inside-the-Beltway myopia and journalistic solipsism.
  • The future of this giant is still far fetched while our administrators suffer of myopia.
  • This article made me really angry at the myopia of the researchers.
  • This leads to some myopia.
  • It is important to be aware of the shortness of our lives and thus natural tendency for historical myopia.
  • Politics provides legislators strong incentives to myopia; it is an advantage to see no further than next election.
  • This is just cultural myopia.
  • Some of the media prefers to play to the domestic myopia of their viewers.
British Dictionary definitions for myopia


inability to see distant objects clearly because the images are focused in front of the retina; short-sightedness
Derived Forms
myopic (maɪˈɒpɪk) adjective
myopically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: via New Latin from Greek muōps short-sighted, from mūein to close (the eyes), blink + ōps eye
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Word Origin and History for myopia

"short-sightedness," 1727, medical Latin, from Late Greek myopia "near-sightedness," from myops "near-sighted," literally "closing the eyes," from myein "to shut" (see mute (adj.)) + ops (genitive opos) "eye" (see eye (n.)).

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myopia in Medicine

myopia my·o·pi·a (mī-ō'pē-ə)

Abbr. M, My A visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it; nearsightedness; shortsightedness.

my·op'ic (-ŏp'ĭk, -ō'pĭk) adj.
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myopia in Science

A defect of the eye that causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it, resulting in an inability to see distant objects clearly. Myopia is often caused by an elongated eyeball or a misshapen lens. Also called nearsightedness. Compare hyperopia.
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myopia in Culture
myopia [(meye-oh-pee-uh)]

Nearsightedness. Myopia is a visual defect in which light that enters the eye is focused in front of the retina rather than directly on it, so that distant objects appear blurred. Myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK.

Note: The term is often used to indicate an inability to see into the future: “The new policy is incredibly myopic, and puts future generations at a great disadvantage for the sake of a few short-term gains.”
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