or my·o·sis

[ mahy-oh-sis ]
/ maɪˈoʊ sɪs /
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noun, plural mi·o·ses [mahy-oh-seez]. /maɪˈoʊ siz/. Medicine/Medical.
excessive constriction of the pupil of the eye, as a result of drugs, disease, or the like.
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Origin of miosis

1810–20; variant of myosis<Greek (ein) to shut (the eyes) + -ōsis-osis

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British Dictionary definitions for miosis



/ (maɪˈəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
excessive contraction of the pupil of the eye, as in response to drugs
a variant spelling of meiosis (def. 1)

Derived forms of miosis

miotic or myotic (maɪˈɒtɪk), adjective, noun

Word Origin for miosis

C20: from Greek muein to shut the eyes + -osis
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Medical definitions for miosis


n. pl. mi•o••ses (-sēz)
The period of decline of a disease in which the intensity of the symptoms begins to diminish.
Constriction of the pupil of the eye, resulting from a normal response to an increase in light or caused by certain drugs or pathological conditions.
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