strabismus

noun

stra·​bis·​mus strə-ˈbiz-məs How to pronounce strabismus (audio)
: inability of one eye to attain binocular vision with the other because of imbalance of the muscles of the eyeball

called also squint

compare cross-eye
strabismic adjective

Examples of strabismus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The support page also notes that people with some medical conditions, like drooping eyelids, changes in eye alignment (i.e., strabismus or amblyopia), or uncontrolled eye movements, may have difficulties using the Vision Pro’s eye tracking. Victoria Song, The Verge, 19 Jan. 2024 Originally a treatment for strabismus, or crossed eyes, in the late 1960s and 1970s, the injections were later harnessed by the cosmetics industry for their skin-smoothing properties and were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat frown lines in 2002. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 13 Apr. 2023 My strabismus is a non-factor. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 To avoid double vision, your brain then focuses on the eye that sees straight ahead and ignores the other eye, This keeps the weaker eye from developing correctly, leading to amblyopia.3 Eye muscle surgery may be recommended for treating strabismus. Dagny Zhu, Verywell Health, 26 Jan. 2023 Examples include strabismus, cataracts, refractive errors, and droopy eyelid. Dagny Zhu, Verywell Health, 26 Jan. 2023 Her work, a blend of imagery and abstraction, has stemmed from her eye condition strabismus. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2022 Those measurements were consistent with a diagnosis of strabismus. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2018 The great Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci may have suffered from an unusual visual tic: an intermittent outward turn of the eye, clinically known as strabismus. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek strabismos condition of squinting, from strabizein to squint, from strabos squint-eyed; akin to Greek strephein to twist

First Known Use

circa 1684, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strabismus was circa 1684

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Cite this Entry

“Strabismus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strabismus. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

strabismus

noun
stra·​bis·​mus strə-ˈbiz-məs How to pronounce strabismus (audio)
: inability of one eye to attain binocular vision with the other because of imbalance of the muscles of the eyeball

called also heterotropia, squint

compare cross-eye

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