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[as-tig-mat-ik] /ˌæs tɪgˈmæt ɪk/ Ophthalmology
pertaining to, exhibiting, or correcting astigmatism.
a person who has astigmatism.
Origin of astigmatic
First recorded in 1840-50; a-6 + stigmatic
Related forms
astigmatically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for astigmatic
Historical Examples
  • Scilly and I, she once said to Ariadne, are an astigmatic couple.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • After all, an astigmatic parent, seeing Adolf in a dim light, might be impressed by him.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • They belonged to a person who was near-sighted and astigmatic in the left eye and almost certainly blind in the right.

    The Mystery of 31 New Inn R. Austin Freeman
  • He jerked it back again, and the thing looked as if it had been hung in a dim light by an astigmatic drunkard.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
  • "No trace of chromatic, spherical, or astigmatic aberration," he reported in surprise.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • If the subject is astigmatic he will see some of the straight lines distinctly while others will be blurred.

  • Conclusion: the lens is astigmatic, or the objective is not adjusted to be co-axial with the eyepiece.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
  • Of six cows, five were hypermetropic and astigmatic and one was slightly myopic.

British Dictionary definitions for astigmatic


relating to or affected with astigmatism
a person who has astigmatism
Derived Forms
astigmatically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from a-1 + Greek stigmat-, stigma spot, focus; see stigma
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Word Origin and History for astigmatic

1849; see astigmatism + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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