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amblyopia

Syllabification: am·bly·o·pi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌamblēˈōpēə
 
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Definition of amblyopia in English:

noun

Medicine
Impaired or dim vision without obvious defect or change in the eye.
Example sentences
  • This is very important, because it is estimated that as many as three percent of children in the U.S. have some degree of vision impairment due to amblyopia.
  • Despite problems with follow-up, this study provides evidence that early detection and intervention for amblyopia improves vision in young children.
  • They asked the surgeons to inform them of people with amblyopia who had lost vision in their good eye as adults.

Origin

early 18th century: from Greek ambluōpia 'dim-sightedness', from ambluōpos (adjective), from amblus 'dull' + ōps, ōp- 'eye'.

Derivatives

amblyopic

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Pronunciation: /-ˈäpik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The intensive screening protocol was associated with better acuity in the amblyopic eye and a lower prevalence of amblyopia at 7.5 years of age, in comparison with screening at 37 months only.
  • The authors conclude that children who required treatment for amblyopia were four times more likely to remain amblyopic if they were screened only at 37 months of age.
  • Although researchers found that vision in the amblyopic eye improved faster in the patching group, the difference in the two groups at six months was small and not significant.

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