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myopia

[mahy-oh-pee-uh] /maɪˈoʊ pi ə/
noun
1.
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).
2.
lack of foresight or discernment; obtuseness.
3.
narrow-mindedness; intolerance.
Origin of myopia
1685-1695
1685-95; < New Latin < Greek myōpía, equivalent to myōp- (stem of mýōps) near-sighted, literally, blinking ((ein) to shut + ṓps eye) + -ia -ia
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Examples from the Web for myopia
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  • The dignity of myopia exudes from the timbers of its long, quaint club-house.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • The most prevalent of these maladies are spinal curvature and myopia.

  • He laid his cheek against hers and whispered: "Darling, do you think our great love justifies our concealing my myopia?"

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
  • It is, at the very least, as difficult to become a member of myopia as of the Royal and Ancient.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • myopia, I am told, will use the black ball with joy when there is a candidate at the doors.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • I should like to have asked your opinion about that plan of the myopia golf links.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • This myopia was destined to have the most vital influence on his art.

  • The myopia, in these cases, is not the cause of the squint, but only a favouring circumstance.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • (a) In myopia, emmetropia, and doubtful hypermetropia, with convergent and divergent squint together 329 cases.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • It is otherwise with the relative divergence which is developed in consequence of myopia.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
British Dictionary definitions for myopia

myopia

/maɪˈəʊpɪə/
noun
1.
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
n.

"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)
n.

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
myopia
  (mī-ō'pē-ə)   

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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