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color blindness

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noun

inability to distinguish one or several chromatic colors, independent of the capacity for distinguishing light and shade.
complete inability to distinguish colors of the spectrum, with all objects appearing as shades of gray, black, and white, varying only as to lightness and darkness; achromatopsia.

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RELATED WORDS

achromatopsia, daltonism

Nearby words

coloptosis, colopuncture, coloquintida, color, color bar, color blindness, color charge, color chart, color circle, color code, color filter

Origin of color blindness

First recorded in 1835–45
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Word Origin and History for color blindness

color blindness


n.

1844, replacing Daltonism (after English chemist John Dalton, 1766-1844, who published a description of it in 1794); in figurative use, with reference to race or ethnicity, attested from 1866, American English. Related: color blind (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for color blindness

color blindness


n.

Deficiency of color perception, whether hereditary or acquired, partial or complete.
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