[ hahy-per-oh-pee-uh ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈoʊ pi ə /

noun Ophthalmology.

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).


Nearby words

  1. hypernova,
  2. hypernym,
  3. hypernymy,
  4. hyperon,
  5. hyperonychia,
  6. hyperopic astigmatism,
  7. hyperorexia,
  8. hyperorthocytosis,
  9. hyperosmia,
  10. hyperosmolality

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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British Dictionary definitions for hyperopia


/ (ˌhaɪpəˈrəʊpɪə) /


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 hyperopia



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

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Medicine definitions for hyperopia


[ hī′pə-rōpē-ə ]


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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Science definitions for hyperopia


[ hī′pə-rōpē-ə ]

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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