Definition of scotoma in English:

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Pronunciation: /skəˈtōmə/

noun (plural scotomas or scotomata /-mətə/)

A partial loss of vision or a blind spot in an otherwise normal visual field.
Example sentences
  • At each monthly visit patients should be questioned regarding possible visual disturbances including blurred vision or scotomata.
  • Patients with age-related macular degeneration may complain of acute loss of vision, blurred vision, scotomas or chronic distortion of vision.
  • The patient performs this test daily at home and is instructed to call the physician if line distortions or scotomas are detected and persist for one or two days.



Pronunciation: /-mətəs/


Mid 16th century (denoting dizziness and dim vision): via late Latin from Greek skotōma, from skotoun 'darken', from skotos 'darkness'.

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Syllabification: sco·to·ma

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