- 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
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Examples from the Web for myopia
The most prevalent of these maladies are spinal curvature and myopia.Spontaneous Activity in Education
This myopia was destined to have the most vital influence on his art.Rodin: The Man and his Art
The author's view is evidently distorted by biographer's myopia.The Beginners of a Nation
The dignity of Myopia exudes from the timbers of its long, quaint club-house.
Myopia, I am told, will use the black ball with joy when there is a candidate at the doors.
- inability to see distant objects clearly because the images are focused in front of the retina; short-sightedness
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
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- 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.
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- 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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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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