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.
Origin of strabismus
1675–85;Related formsstra·bis·mal, stra·bis·mic, stra·bis·mi·cal, adjectivestra·bis·mal·ly, adverb
< New Latin
< Greek strabismós,
equivalent to strab(ós
) squinting + -ismos -ism
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Historical Examples of strabismus
The strabismus being to the right, the affection must be to the left.
As yet the pupil of the eye was irritable, and he had no strabismus.
He asked him particularly if there wasnt anybody he could treat for strabismus.
Happy he afflicted with strabismus, for only he can see his nose before his face.
Strabismus is present when one eye only is directed to the fixed point, while the visual line of the other eye deviates from it.
British Dictionary definitions for strabismus
Derived Formsstrabismal, strabismic or strabismical, adjective
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
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).
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Related formsstra•bis′mal (-məl) null adj.
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
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