diplopia

noun

dip·​lo·​pia di-ˈplō-pē-ə How to pronounce diplopia (audio)
: a disorder of vision in which two images of a single object are seen (as from unequal action of the eye muscles)

called also double vision

diplopic
di-ˈplō-pik How to pronounce diplopia (audio)
-ˈplä-pik
adjective

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We won't give you any double-talk about diplopia. The word is simply the sum of the combining forms dipl- (meaning "double") and -opia (meaning "vision"). Visionarily speaking, the linguistic relatives of diplopia include hyperopia ("farsightedness"), myopia ("nearsightedness"), deuteranopia ("red-green color blindness"), and presbyopia ("loss of elasticity in the eye's lens").

Examples of diplopia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Understandably, strabismus is frequently accompanied by diplopia, or double vision. Peter Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Nov. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diplopia was circa 1811

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“Diplopia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplopia. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

diplopia

noun
dip·​lo·​pia dip-ˈlō-pē-ə How to pronounce diplopia (audio)
: a disorder of vision in which two images of a single object are seen (as from unequal action of the eye muscles)

called also double vision

diplopic adjective
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