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astigmatism

[uh-stig-muh-tiz-uh m]
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noun
  1. Also called a·stig·mi·a [uh-stig-mee-uh] /əˈstɪg mi ə/. Ophthalmology. a refractive error of the eye in which parallel rays of light from an external source do not converge on a single focal point on the retina.
  2. Optics. an aberration of a lens or other optical system in which the image of a point is spread out along the axis of the system.

Origin of astigmatism

First recorded in 1840–50; astigmat(ic) + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for astigmia

astigmatism

astigmia (əˈstɪɡmɪə)

noun
  1. a defect of a lens resulting in the formation of distorted images; caused by the curvature of the lens being different in different planes
  2. faulty vision resulting from defective curvature of the cornea or lens of the eye
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Word Origin and History for astigmia

astigmatism

n.

1849, coined by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, from Greek a- "without" (see a- (3)) + stigmatos genitive of stigma "a mark, spot, puncture" (see stick (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

astigmia in Medicine

astigmia

([object Object])
n.
  1. astigmatism

astigmatism

n.
  1. A visual defect in which the unequal curvature of one or more refractive surfaces of the eye, usually the cornea, prevents light rays from focusing clearly at one point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.astigmia
Related formsas′tig•matic (ăs′tĭg-mătĭk) adj. n.

astigmia in Science

astigmatism

[ə-stĭgmə-tĭz′əm]
  1. A visual defect in which the unequal curvature of one or more refractive surfaces of the eye, usually the cornea, prevents light rays from focusing clearly at a single point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

astigmia in Culture

astigmatism

A condition in which the curvature of the cornea of the eye is uneven, causing a blurring of vision. Astigmatism is normally corrected by glasses.

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