night blindness

noun Ophthalmology.

a condition of the eyes in which vision is normal in daylight but abnormally poor at night or in a dim light; nyctalopia.

Origin of night blindness

First recorded in 1745–55

Related forms

night·blind, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for night-blind

night blindness


pathol a nontechnical term for nyctalopia

Derived Forms

nightblind, adjective
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Medicine definitions for night-blind (1 of 2)


[ nītblīnd′ ]


Affected with nyctalopia.

Medicine definitions for night-blind (2 of 2)

night blindness


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