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[ni-stag-muh s] /nɪˈstæg məs/
a congenital or acquired persistent, rapid, involuntary, and oscillatory movement of the eyeball, usually from side to side.
Origin of nystagmus
1815-25; < New Latin < Greek nystagmós nodding, derivative of nystázein to nod
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nystagmic, adjective Unabridged
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involuntary movement of the eye comprising a smooth drift followed by a flick back, occurring in several situations, for example after the body has been rotated or in disorders of the cerebellum
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek nustagmos
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Word Origin and History for nystagmus

medical Latin, from Greek nystagmos "nodding, drowsiness," from nystazein "to nod, be sleepy," from PIE *sneud(h)- "to be sleepy."

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nystagmus nys·tag·mus (nĭ-stāg'məs)
A rapid, involuntary oscillatory motion of the eyeball.

nys·tag'mic (-mĭk) or nys·tag'moid' (-moid') adj.
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