[prez-bee-oh-pee-uh, pres-]

noun Ophthalmology.

farsightedness due to ciliary muscle weakness and loss of elasticity in the crystalline lens.

Nearby words

  1. presbycousis,
  2. presbycusia,
  3. presbycusis,
  4. presbyo-,
  5. presbyope,
  6. presbyopic,
  7. presbyt.,
  8. presbyter,
  9. presbyterate,
  10. presbyterial

Origin of presbyopia

1785–95; < Greek presby- (combining form of présbys old, old man) + -opia

Related formspres·by·op·ic [prez-bee-op-ik, pres-] /ˌprɛz biˈɒp ɪk, ˌprɛs-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for presbyopia

  • Still another defect of vision is known as presbyopia or farsightedness due to old age.

    The Science of Human Nature|William Henry Pyle
  • "Old sight," known as presbyopia, is a common defect of vision in advancing years.

    A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell

British Dictionary definitions for presbyopia



a progressively diminishing ability of the eye to focus, noticeable from middle to old age, caused by loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens
Derived Formspresbyopic (ˌprɛzbɪˈɒpɪk), adjective

Word Origin for presbyopia

C18: New Latin, from Greek presbus old man + ōps eye

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Word Origin and History for presbyopia



"far-sightedness brought on by age," 1791, medical Latin, from Greek presbys "old man" (see presby-) + -opia, from ops "eye" (see eye (n.)). Related: Presbyopic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for presbyopia




Inability of the eye to focus sharply on nearby objects, resulting from loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens with advancing age.
Related formspres′by•opic (-ŏpĭk, -ōpĭk) adj.

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