glaucoma

noun

glau·​co·​ma glau̇-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce glaucoma (audio) glȯ- How to pronounce glaucoma (audio)
: a disease of the eye marked by increased pressure within the eyeball that can result in damage to the optic disc and gradual loss of vision

Examples of glaucoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, some research suggests that for people who are genetically predisposed to developing glaucoma, smoking can cause glaucoma at an earlier age. Brittany Dube, Health, 3 July 2024 One of the worst accidents Solá-Del Valle can recall involved a patient who had already lost one eye to glaucoma—and, after a fireworks mishap, lost the other. Angela Haupt, TIME, 27 June 2024 Harris, now 31, had served more than 12 years of a 76-year prison term when he was exonerated last December after The Exoneration Project showed that the eyewitness was suffering from advanced glaucoma at the time of the shooting and lied about being legally blind. Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY, 29 May 2024 If someone has multiple medical problems — say, heart disease, diabetes, and glaucoma — interactions with the health care system multiply. Judith Graham, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for glaucoma 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, cataract, from Greek glaukōma, from glaukoun to have a cataract, from glaukos

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glaucoma was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Glaucoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glaucoma. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

glaucoma

noun
glau·​co·​ma glau̇-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce glaucoma (audio)
glȯ-
: an abnormal condition of the eye marked by increased pressure inside the eye that causes damage to the retina and gradual loss of vision

Medical Definition

glaucoma

noun
glau·​co·​ma glau̇-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce glaucoma (audio) glȯ- How to pronounce glaucoma (audio)
: a disease of the eye marked by increased pressure within the eyeball that can result in damage to the optic disc and gradual loss of vision

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