noun, plural o·pac·i·ties.

Origin of opacity

First recorded in 1550–60, opacity is from the Latin word opācitās shade. See opaque, -ity
Related formsnon·o·pac·i·ty, noun, plural non·o·pac·i·ties.
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Related Words for opacity

murkiness, obscurity, darkness

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British Dictionary definitions for opacity


noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being opaque
the degree to which something is opaque
an opaque object or substance
obscurity of meaning; unintelligibility
physics photog the ratio of the intensity of light incident on a medium, such as a photographic film, to that transmitted through the medium
logic philosophy the property of being an opaque context
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Word Origin and History for opacity

1550s, "darkness of meaning, obscurity," from French opacité, from Latin opacitatem (nominative opacitas) "shade, shadiness," from opacus "shaded, dark, opaque" (see opaque). The literal sense "condition of being impervious to light" first recorded 1630s.

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opacity in Medicine




The quality or state of being opaque.
An opaque or nontransparent area, as of the cornea.
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