my·​o·​pia | \ mī-ˈō-pē-ə How to pronounce myopia (audio) \

Definition of myopia

1 : a condition in which the visual images come to a focus (see focus entry 1 sense 4) in front of the retina of the eye resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects : nearsightedness She wears glasses to correct her myopia.
2 : a lack of foresight or discernment : a narrow view of something … those require long-term commitments, which in our current myopia we cannot take on.— Adam Smith

Examples of myopia in a Sentence

She wears eyeglasses to correct her myopia.
Recent Examples on the Web The only thing worse than the American foreign-policy establishment glossing over 20 years of failure and defeat to blame Joe Biden for the loss in Afghanistan is the myopia of the British and European establishments joining in. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 This myopia is the very reason many employees will leave. Dan Pontefract, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 The myopia has a chilling effect on the industry’s ability to attract, leverage, and retain multidisciplinary talent essential to effective delivery of digital legal services. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The same myopia continues to play havoc today with our ability to answer a crucial question: How rampant is the Delta variant among the vaccinated? WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 Even more than the album, or Ally, what ties all these strange stories together is Dave’s penchant for making situations worse through his own myopia. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2021 Companies' initial myopia led to poor decisions that have caused both technical debt and cultural debt. Chris James, Forbes, 17 May 2021 But even their candid language reveals the myopia that keeps humans from living in harmony with our environment. Jeff Mcmahon, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The entire film is afflicted with his myopia — his single-minded desire to make his family whole again, his fraught sense that the window of opportunity is steadily closing. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of myopia

circa 1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for myopia

New Latin, from Greek myōpia, from myōp-, myōps

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23 Dec 2021

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“Myopia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of myopia

: a condition of the eye that makes it difficult to see objects that are far away : nearsightedness


my·​o·​pia | \ mī-ˈō-pē-ə How to pronounce myopia (audio) \

Medical Definition of myopia

: a condition in which the visual images come to a focus in front of the retina of the eye because of defects in the refractive media of the eye or of abnormal length of the eyeball resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects

called also nearsightedness

— compare astigmatism sense 2, emmetropia


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