[ prez-bee-oh-pee-uh, pres- ]
/ ˌprɛz biˈoʊ pi ə, ˌprɛs- /

noun Ophthalmology.

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

Origin of presbyopia

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


pres·by·op·ic [prez-bee-op-ik, pres-] /ˌprɛz biˈɒp ɪk, ˌprɛs-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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

/ (ˌprɛzbɪˈəʊpɪə) /


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 forms of presbyopia

presbyopic (ˌprɛzbɪˈɒpɪk), adjective

Word Origin for presbyopia

C18: New Latin, from Greek presbus old man + ōps eye
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Medical definitions for presbyopia

[ prĕz′bē-ōpē-ə ]


Inability of the eye to focus sharply on nearby objects, resulting from loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens with advancing age.

Other words from presbyopia

pres′by•opic (-ŏpĭk, -ōpĭk) adj.
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