nystagmus

noun
nys·​tag·​mus | \ ni-ˈstag-məs How to pronounce nystagmus (audio) \

Definition of nystagmus

: involuntary usually rapid movement of the eyeballs occurring normally with dizziness during and after bodily rotation or abnormally following head injury or as a symptom of disease

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Other Words from nystagmus

nystagmic \ ni-​ˈstag-​mik How to pronounce nystagmus (audio) \ adjective

Examples of nystagmus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the late 1800s, British coal miners would sometimes develop nystagmus, after working underground for several years. Rebecca Sohn, STAT, "With chronic migraines, she avoided light for 18 months — and developed a condition from centuries past," 22 Feb. 2021 Winans, who played at Greenway High, has ocular albinism and nystagmus, a rare genetic condition that substantially limits his vision and makes his extremely sensitive to light. Kent Somers, azcentral, "NAIA reverses course. Blind football player can wear tinted visor, play immediately," 23 Oct. 2019 Wentworth allegedly displayed six out of six clues suggesting alcohol intoxication during the horizontal gaze and nystagmus test, and stumbled, fell or was unable to walk appropriately during the walk and turn test. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man charged with assaulting police officer after traffic stop," 23 Oct. 2019 Winans has difficult wearing contacts because of the nystagmus, a condition that causes the eyes to make rapid and uncontrolled movement. Kent Somers, azcentral, "NAIA reverses course. Blind football player can wear tinted visor, play immediately," 23 Oct. 2019 Their diagnosis came after Ally and her husband Ryan, 35, noticed the boys were suffering from nystagmus, a condition that causes the eyes to make repetitive, uncontrolled movements. Fox News, "Arizona family with albino twins relocates to Maine to better protect toddlers from the sun," 16 Aug. 2019 While diagnosing the symptoms in their eyes as nystagmus, the optometrist also noticed the twins seemed to lack pigmentation. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Arizona Family Moves to Maine to Protect Albino Twins from the Sun," 19 Aug. 2019 The doctor took one look at the young woman’s eyes and told her she had nystagmus. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Was Her Vision Jerky and Blurry if There Was Nothing Wrong With Her Eyes?," 1 May 2018 Were the weakness, pain and nystagmus caused by the crowding in her brain? Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Was Her Vision Jerky and Blurry if There Was Nothing Wrong With Her Eyes?," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of nystagmus

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nystagmus

New Latin, from Greek nystagmos drowsiness, from nystazein to doze; probably akin to Lithuanian snusti to doze

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“Nystagmus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nystagmus. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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nystagmus

noun
nys·​tag·​mus | \ nis-ˈtag-məs How to pronounce nystagmus (audio) \

Medical Definition of nystagmus

: involuntary usually rapid movement of the eyeballs (as from side to side) occurring normally with dizziness during and after bodily rotation or abnormally following head injury or as a symptom of disease

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