[ toh-sis ]
/ ˈtoʊ sɪs /

noun Pathology.

a drooping of the upper eyelid.
prolapse or drooping of any organ.

Origin of ptosis

1735–45; < New Latin < Greek ptṓsis a falling

Related forms

pto·tic [toh-tik] /ˈtoʊ tɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ptotic


/ (ˈtəʊsɪs) /

noun plural ptoses (ˈtəʊsiːz)

prolapse or drooping of a part, esp the eyelid

Derived Forms

ptotic (ˈtɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ptosis

C18: from Greek: a falling
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Medicine definitions for ptotic (1 of 2)


[ tŏtĭk ]


Relating to or characterized by ptosis.

Medicine definitions for ptotic (2 of 2)


[ tōsĭs ]

n. pl. pto•ses (-sēz)

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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