myopia

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Borrowed from Ancient Greek μυωπία (muōpía, shortsightedness), from μύω (múō, to shut eyes) +‎ ὤψ (ṓps, view) +‎ -ία (-ía).

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myopia (countable and uncountable, plural myopias)

  1. (pathology) A disorder of the vision where distant objects appear blurred because the eye focuses their images in front of the retina instead of on it.
    Synonyms: shortsightedness, nearsightedness
    Antonym: hyperopia
    Coordinate term: presbyopia
    • 2015 March 15, Elie Dolgin, “The myopia boom”, in Nature[1]:
      The modern rise in myopia mirrored a trend for children in many countries to spend more time engaged in reading, studying or — more recently — glued to computer and smartphone screens.
  2. (figurative) A lack of imagination, discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning.

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myopia f (uncountable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of miopia (used in Portugal until September 1911 and died out in Brazil during the 1920s).