glaucoma

noun
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

Examples of glaucoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McDonald, 58, has low vision caused by glaucoma and gets Social Security income. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Shortfalls on rent, propane hit West Marin family hard," 13 Dec. 2020 The approach is the only possible treatment for people without functioning cells in the eye—a group that includes some glaucoma and diabetes patients and those who have experienced a physical trauma. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Bionic Eye Tech Learns Its ABCs," 4 Dec. 2020 There’s also the possibility of secondary glaucoma, in which pressure inside the eye increases and causes optic nerve damage and vision loss. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here’s what happens when a bee stings you directly in your eyeball," 4 Dec. 2020 In glaucoma, the optic nerve gets damaged, often by a buildup of pressure in the eye. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Researchers restore lost sight in mice, offering clues to reversing aging," 2 Dec. 2020 The puppy had been surrendered by a breeder and was suffering from congenital glaucoma. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "How this Alabama city rallied behind Oscar the blind dog," 3 Nov. 2020 My glaucoma got so aggressive there was no way to stop it. Scott Luxor, sun-sentinel.com, "White Cane Awareness Day celebrates tool of empowerment for the blind," 30 Oct. 2020 Vinny lost his sight due to glaucoma, and Jax has become his seeing eye dog. cleveland, "See the 20 Best Pet Halloween Costume finalists; Vote for your favorite (photos, poll)," 26 Oct. 2020 The formula, a diluted concentration of a medication originally used to treat glaucoma, constricts the blood vessels and eradicates all redness in 15 minutes. Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "More Screen Time Is Straining Our Eyes—Here’s How One Writer Found Relief," 23 Oct. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for glaucoma

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The first known use of glaucoma was in 1885

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Last Updated

27 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glaucoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glaucoma. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for glaucoma

glaucoma

noun
How to pronounce glaucoma (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of glaucoma

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

glaucoma

noun
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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