saccade

noun
sac·​cade | \ sa-ˈkäd How to pronounce saccade (audio) \

Definition of saccade

: a small rapid jerky movement of the eye especially as it jumps from fixation on one point to another (as in reading)

Other Words from saccade

saccadic \ sa-​ˈkä-​dik How to pronounce saccade (audio) \ adjective

Examples of saccade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Binda and Morrone call this time window right before the saccade the confusion period. Tim Vernimmen, Smithsonian, 14 June 2019 So how do these brain cells know in advance that a saccade is on the way? Tim Vernimmen, Smithsonian, 14 June 2019 Micah Mazurek The team created three games to enhance a child’s ability to control eye movements, including saccades. Sarah Deweerdt, Science | AAAS, 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of saccade

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saccade

French, twitch, jerk, from Middle French, from saquer to pull, draw

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“Saccade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saccade. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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saccade

noun
sac·​cade | \ sa-ˈkäd How to pronounce saccade (audio) \

Medical Definition of saccade

: a small rapid jerky movement of the eye especially as it jumps from fixation on one point to another (as in reading)

Other Words from saccade

saccadic \ -​ˈkäd-​ik How to pronounce saccade (audio) \ adjective

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