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glaucoma

[ glaw-koh-muh, glou- ]
/ glɔˈkoʊ mə, glaʊ- /
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noun
Ophthalmology. abnormally high fluid pressure in the eye, most commonly caused either by blockage of the channel through which aqueous humor drains (open-angle glaucoma, or chronic glaucoma ) or by pressure of the iris against the lens, which traps the aqueous humor (angle-closure glaucoma, or acute glaucoma ).
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Origin of glaucoma

First recorded in 1635–45; Latin glaucōma, from Greek glaúkōma “opacity of the eye lens, cataract”; see origin at glauco-, -oma (cataracts and glaucoma were not clearly distinguished until the early 18th century)

OTHER WORDS FROM glaucoma

glau·co·ma·tous [glaw-koh-muh-tuhs, -kom-uh-, glou-], /glɔˈkoʊ mə təs, -ˈkɒm ə-, glaʊ-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for glaucoma

glaucoma
/ (ɡlɔːˈkəʊmə) /

noun
a disease of the eye in which pressure within the eyeball damages the optic disc, impairing vision, sometimes progressing to blindness

Derived forms of glaucoma

glaucomatous, adjective

Word Origin for glaucoma

C17: from Latin, from Greek glaukōma, from glaukos; see glaucous
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Scientific definitions for glaucoma

glaucoma
[ glou-kōmə, glô- ]

A disease of the eye in which the pressure of fluid inside the eyeball is abnormally high, caused by obstructed outflow of the fluid. The increased pressure can damage the optic nerve and lead to partial or complete loss of vision.
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Cultural definitions for glaucoma

glaucoma
[ (glow-koh-muh, glaw-koh-muh) ]

A disease of the eye marked by increased fluid pressure in the eyeball. Glaucoma can damage the optic nerve and may result in blindness if not treated. Surgery may be required for severe cases.

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