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[prez-bee-oh-pee-uh, pres-]
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noun Ophthalmology.
  1. farsightedness due to ciliary muscle weakness and loss of elasticity in the crystalline lens.

Origin of presbyopia

1785–95; < Greek presby- (combining form of présbys old, old man) + -opia
Related formspres·by·op·ic [prez-bee-op-ik, pres-] /ˌprɛz biˈɒp ɪk, ˌprɛs-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for presbyopia

Historical Examples

  • Still another defect of vision is known as presbyopia or farsightedness due to old age.

    The Science of Human Nature

    William Henry Pyle

  • "Old sight," known as presbyopia, is a common defect of vision in advancing years.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

British Dictionary definitions for presbyopia


  1. a progressively diminishing ability of the eye to focus, noticeable from middle to old age, caused by loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens
Derived Formspresbyopic (ˌprɛzbɪˈɒpɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C18: New Latin, from Greek presbus old man + ōps eye
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Word Origin and History for presbyopia


"far-sightedness brought on by age," 1791, medical Latin, from Greek presbys "old man" (see presby-) + -opia, from ops "eye" (see eye (n.)). Related: Presbyopic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

presbyopia in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Inability of the eye to focus sharply on nearby objects, resulting from loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens with advancing age.
Related formspres′by•opic (-ŏpĭk, -ōpĭk) adj.
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