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hippus

[hip-uh s]
noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. spasmodic contraction of the pupil of the eye.
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Origin of hippus

1675–85; < New Latin < Greek híppos horse, complaint of the eye

-hippus

  1. variant of hippo- as final element of compounds: eohippus.
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Origin of -hippus

< Latin < Greek -hippos
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Historical Examples of hippus

  • "You are drunk again, Hippus," answered Veitel, thoroughly roused.

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    Gustav Freytag

  • Here Hippus tried to whistle a tune, and to execute a few steps.

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    Gustav Freytag

  • He opened the door, and Mr. Hippus slipped in like a frightened bat.

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    Gustav Freytag

  • The door opened, and Hippus appeared, red-faced and much ruffled.

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    Gustav Freytag

  • When Veitel had placed his meal before him, Hippus briefly inquired, "How much?"

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    Gustav Freytag


hippus in Medicine

hippus

(hĭpəs)
n.
  1. Spasmodic, rhythmical dilation and constriction of the pupil, independent of illumination, convergence, or psychic stimuli.
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