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[ struh-biz-muh s ]
/ strəˈbɪz məs /

noun Ophthalmology.

a disorder of vision due to a deviation from normal orientation of one or both eyes so that both cannot be directed at the same object at the same time; squint; crossed eyes.

Nearby words

stp, str, str., strabane, strabismometer, strabismus, strabo, strabotomy, strachey, strachey, lytton, straddle

Origin of strabismus

1675–85; < New Latin < Greek strabismós, equivalent to strab(ós) squinting + -ismos -ism
Related formsstra·bis·mal, stra·bis·mic, stra·bis·mi·cal, adjectivestra·bis·mal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strabismus


/ (strəˈbɪzməs) /


abnormal alignment of one or both eyes, characterized by a turning inwards or outwards from the nose thus preventing parallel vision: caused by paralysis of an eye muscle, etcAlso called: squint
Derived Formsstrabismal, strabismic or strabismical, adjective

Word Origin for strabismus

C17: via New Latin from Greek strabismos, from strabizein to squint, from strabos cross-eyed
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Word Origin and History for strabismus



"a squint," 1680s, from Modern Latin, from Greek strabismos, from strabizein "to squint," from strabos "squinting, squint-eyed." Earlier in anglicized form strabism (1650s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for strabismus


[ strə-bĭzməs ]


A visual defect in which one eye cannot focus with the other on an objective because of imbalance of the eye muscles.heterotropia squint tropia
Related formsstra•bismal (-məl) null adj.
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