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noun Ophthalmology.
  1. a condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused behind the retina, distant objects being seen more distinctly than near ones; farsightedness (opposed to myopia).

Origin of hyperopia

First recorded in 1880–85; hyper- + -opia
Also called hy·per·me·tro·pi·a [hahy-per-mi-troh-pee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pər mɪˈtroʊ pi ə/.
Related formshy·per·op·ic [hahy-per-op-ik, -oh-pik] /ˌhaɪ pərˈɒp ɪk, -ˈoʊ pɪk/, adjective
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Related Words for hypermetropia

hypermetropia, hyperopia

Examples from the Web for hypermetropia

Historical Examples of hypermetropia

  • Long-sight, or hypermetropia, signifies that the eyeball is too short or the lens too flat.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • Limits of error in the subjective and objective determination of hypermetropia.

  • Ophthalmoscopically with atropine the same degree of hypermetropia.

  • Hypermetropia was found then in 47 per cent of all the cases.

  • Donders declares no other conclusion to be possible, than this, that the hypermetropia is the cause of the squint.

British Dictionary definitions for hypermetropia


hypermetropy (ˌhaɪpəˈmɛtrəpɪ)

  1. pathol variants of hyperopia
Derived Formshypermetropic (ˌhaɪpəmɪˈtrɒpɪk) or hypermetropical, adjective

Word Origin for hypermetropia

C19: from Greek hupermetros beyond measure (from hyper- + metron measure) + -opia


  1. inability to see near objects clearly because the images received by the eye are focused behind the retina; long-sightednessAlso called: hypermetropia, hypermetropy Compare myopia, presbyopia
Derived Formshyperopic (ˌhaɪpəˈrɒpɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for hypermetropia



1884, Modern Latin, from hyper- + Greek ops "eye" (see eye).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hypermetropia in Medicine


  1. hyperopia


  1. An abnormal condition of the eye in which vision is better for distant objects than for near objects. It results from the eyeball being too short for light rays to properly focus on the retina, thus forming a blurred image.farsightedness hypermetropia
Related formshyper•ope′ (pə-rōp′) n.hy′per•opic (pĭk, -ŏpĭk) adj.
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hypermetropia in Science


  1. A defect of the eye that causes light to focus behind the retina instead of directly on it, resulting in an inability to see near objects clearly. Hyperopia is often caused by a shortened eyeball or a misshapen lens. Also called farsightedness Compare myopia.
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