scotoma

noun

sco·​to·​ma skə-ˈtō-mə How to pronounce scotoma (audio)
plural scotomas or scotomata skə-ˈtō-mə-tə How to pronounce scotoma (audio)
: a spot in the visual field in which vision is absent or deficient

Examples of scotoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Symptoms may be mild and temporary, or leave some viewers with blind spots called scotomas. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, 12 July 2017

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scotoma was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Scotoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scotoma. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

scotoma

noun
sco·​to·​ma skə-ˈtō-mə How to pronounce scotoma (audio)
plural scotomas or scotomata -mət-ə How to pronounce scotoma (audio)
: a spot in the visual field in which vision is absent or deficient

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