stereopsis

noun
ste·​re·​op·​sis | \ ˌster-ē-ˈäp-səs How to pronounce stereopsis (audio) , ˌstir-\

Definition of stereopsis

: stereoscopic vision

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Known as stereopsis, the trick takes a lot of processing power—and scientists didn’t think many animals had enough brains to do it. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Praying Mantises Don Tiny Goggles to Help Us Understand 3-D Vision," 10 Feb. 2018 Karin Nordstrom at Flinders University tells Yong that this study raises the possibility that other predator insects including robber flies and dragonflies also use stereopsis. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Praying Mantises Don Tiny Goggles to Help Us Understand 3-D Vision," 10 Feb. 2018 In humans, this effect would have fried our stereopsis, preventing us from aligning the two pictures. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Praying Mantises Don Tiny Goggles to Help Us Understand 3-D Vision," 10 Feb. 2018 The idea seemed odd, since insect eyes evolved independently from people and stereopsis was assumed to be a characteristic of mammals with forward-facing eyes. National Geographic, "These Praying Mantises Wear Tiny 3-D Glasses—For Science," 28 Apr. 2017 Animals that see in stereopsis use small differences in an object’s location perceived by the right and left eye to calculate how far away the object is. National Geographic, "These Praying Mantises Wear Tiny 3-D Glasses—For Science," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of stereopsis

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stereopsis

New Latin, from stere- + Greek opsis vision, appearance — more at optic

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The first known use of stereopsis was circa 1911

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stereopsis

noun
ste·​re·​op·​sis | \ ˌster-ē-ˈäp-səs, ˌstir- How to pronounce stereopsis (audio) \

Medical Definition of stereopsis

: stereoscopic vision

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