sco·to·ma | \skə-ˈtō-mə \
plural scotomas or scotomata\skə-ˈtō-mə-tə \

Definition of scotoma 

: a spot in the visual field in which vision is absent or deficient

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Symptoms may be mild and temporary, or leave some viewers with blind spots called scotomas. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Solar eclipse is a hot ticket in the Carolinas. Here’s what you need to know.," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of scotoma

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scotoma

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, dimness of vision, from Greek skotōmat-, skotōma, from skotoun to darken, from skotos

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sco·to·ma | \skə-ˈtō-mə \
plural scotomas or scotomata\-mət-ə \

Medical Definition of scotoma 

: a spot in the visual field in which vision is absent or deficient

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