[ skoh-toh-muh ]

noun,plural sco·to·mas, sco·to·ma·ta [skoh-toh-muh-tuh]. /skoʊˈtoʊ mə tə/. Pathology.
  1. loss of vision in a part of the visual field; blind spot.

Origin of scotoma

1535–45; <Late Latin <Greek skótōma dizziness. See scoto-, -oma

Other words from scotoma

  • sco·tom·a·tous [skoh-tom-uh-tuhs], /skoʊˈtɒm ə təs/, adjective

Words Nearby scotoma Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for scotoma


/ (skɒˈtəʊmə) /

nounplural -mas or -mata (-mətə)
  1. pathol a blind spot; a permanent or temporary area of depressed or absent vision caused by lesions of the visual system, viewing the sun directly (eclipse scotoma), squinting, etc

  2. psychol a mental blind spot; inability to understand or perceive certain matters

Origin of scotoma

C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek skotōma giddiness, from skotoun to make dark, from skotos darkness

Derived forms of scotoma

  • scotomatous (skɒˈtɒmətəs), adjective

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