Definition of myopia
1 : a condition in which the visual images come to a focus (see 1focus 1) in front of the retina of the eye resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects 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
myopicallyplay \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of myopia in a Sentence
She wears eyeglasses to correct her myopia.
Recent Examples of myopia from the Web
Research has identified sitting and lack of movement as the foundations for almost every human condition — hip issues, cancer, myopia, Bowman says.
The traits reflected in Mr. Trump’s decision are self-defeating selfishness, insecurity and myopia.
At any time, the refugee is likely to be confronted—confounded—by the myopia of non-Vietnamese.
Or is that simply an American’s grass-is-greener myopia?
A similar myopia surrounded the invention of the laser in the postwar era.
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Origin and Etymology of myopia
New Latin, from Greek myōpia, from myōp-, myōps
First Known Use: circa 1654See Words from the same year
MYOPIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of myopia for English Language Learners
medical : a condition of the eye that makes it difficult to see objects that are far away
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 2, emmetropia
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