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glaucoma Line breaks: glau|coma
Pronunciation: /ɡlɔːˈkəʊmə/

Definition of glaucoma in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
A condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing gradual loss of sight.
Example sentences
  • He also has arthritis and is in the early stages of glaucoma, another disease leading to gradual loss of sight.
  • There has been a lot of debate about whether high blood pressure increases the risk of glaucoma.
  • In both uveitis and acute glaucoma, patients complain of deep, aching pain with loss of vision.


Example sentences
  • Vision may still be 6/6 even at the terminal stage of glaucomatous field loss (tunnel vision)
  • Conversely, about 15 percent of patients with otherwise characteristic glaucomatous nerve damage have a consistently normal intraocular pressure.
  • A positive correlation of cavernous degeneration and glaucomatous damage was found in only 4 persons.


Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek glaukōma, based on glaukos 'bluish-green, bluish-grey' (because of the grey-green haze in the pupil).

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