glau·​co·​ma | \ glau̇-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce glaucoma (audio) , glȯ-\

Definition of glaucoma

: a disease of the eye marked by increased pressure within the eyeball that can result in damage to the optic disk and gradual loss of vision

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Dementia and glaucoma, for example, are conditions where marijuana hasn’t proved valuable, but some states include them. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana," 4 Feb. 2019 These exams may uncover serious conditions like glaucoma, cancerous melanoma and diabetes. WSJ, "The Ayes May Cloud the Eyes in Oklahoma," 4 Nov. 2018 Our on-demand technology allows for a more reliable, safe, and effective implant for treating glaucoma. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Latest Glaucoma Treatment Could Be Magnets In Your Eyes," 13 Nov. 2018 The condition, which is more common in Asians, can cause eye inflammation and lead to glaucoma. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Former inmate blinded in prison settles for $2.6M plus cash for house," 24 Aug. 2018 Regular eye exams can help detect glaucoma early enough to prevent or slow a loss of eyesight. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Signs You’re Way Overdue for an Eye Exam," 25 Oct. 2018 Patients with certain chronic eye diseases, like glaucoma and macular degeneration, typically either use inefficient eyedrops or have to get injections directly into their eyes. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Delivering drugs directly to the eye using microneedles that dissolve," 9 Nov. 2018 The trial has so far enrolled two glaucoma patients, a 17-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018 Post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, and glaucoma were all on the previous list of ailments. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Michigan Approves 11 New Conditions for Medical Marijuana Treatment," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of glaucoma

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glaucoma

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

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The first known use of glaucoma was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of glaucoma

medical : a disease in which pressure inside the eye causes gradual loss of vision


glau·​co·​ma | \ glau̇-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce glaucoma (audio) , glȯ- How to pronounce glaucoma (audio) \

Medical Definition of glaucoma

: a disease of the eye marked by increased pressure within the eyeball that can result in damage to the optic disk and gradual loss of vision

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