Origin of ptosis

1735–45; < New Latin < Greek ptṓsis a falling
Related formspto·tic [toh-tik] /ˈtoʊ tɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for ptosis


noun plural ptoses (ˈtəʊsiːz)
  1. prolapse or drooping of a part, esp the eyelid
Derived Formsptotic (ˈtɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ptosis

C18: from Greek: a falling
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Word Origin and History for ptosis

1743, from Greek ptosis, literally "falling, a fall," also "the case of a noun," nominal derivative of piptein "to fall" (see symptom). In English, especially of the eyelid. Related: Ptotic.

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ptosis in Medicine


n. pl. pto•ses (-sēz)
  1. Abnormal lowering or drooping of an organ or part, especially a drooping of the upper eyelid caused by muscle weakness or paralysis.
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