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  1. partial or total loss of sight, especially in the absence of a gross lesion or injury.
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Origin of amaurosis

1650–60; < Greek: darkening, hindrance to sight, equivalent to amaur(ós) dim, dark + -ōsis -osis
Related formsam·au·rot·ic [am-aw-rot-ik] /ˌæm ɔˈrɒt ɪk/, adjective
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  • Amaurotic (amaurosis, blindness) family idiocy is hereditary, and the child dies at about two years of age.

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British Dictionary definitions for amaurotic


  1. pathol blindness, esp when occurring without observable damage to the eye
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Derived Formsamaurotic (ˌæmɔːˈrɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C17: via New Latin from Greek: darkening, from amauroun to dim, darken
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amaurotic in Medicine


  1. Blindness, especially without apparent change in the eye, as from a cortical lesion.
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Related formsam′au•rotic (-rŏtĭk) adj.
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