spherical aberration

noun

Definition of spherical aberration

: aberration that is caused by the spherical form of a lens or mirror and that gives different foci for central and marginal rays

First Known Use of spherical aberration

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Spherical aberration.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spherical%20aberration. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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spherical aberration

noun
spher·​i·​cal aberration | \ ˈsfir-i-kəl-, ˈsfer- How to pronounce spherical aberration (audio) \

Medical Definition of spherical aberration

: aberration that is caused by the spherical form of a lens or mirror and that gives different foci for central and marginal rays

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