astigmatism

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astigmatism a·stig·ma·tism (ə-stĭg'mə-tĭz'əm)
n.
A condition in which unequal curvatures along the different meridians in one or more of the refractive surfaces of the eye cause the rays from a light source not to be focused at a single point on the retina. Also called astigmia.


as'tig·mat'ic (ās'tĭg-māt'ĭk) adj. & n.
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