any of a group of related eye disorders characterized by increased pressure within the eye which impairs the vision and may slowly cause eye damage and total loss of vision
Origin of glaucomaClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek glauk?ma ; from glaukos (see glauco-) + -oma
Any of a group of eye diseases characterized by abnormally high intraocular fluid pressure, damage to the optic disk, and gradual loss of vision.
Origin of glaucomaLatin glauc&omacron;ma, cataract, from Greek glauk&omacron;ma, from glaukos, gray.
- (pathology) An eye disease or disorder that is defined as a characteristic optic neuropathy, or disease of the optic nerve, possibly, if untreated, leading to damage of the optic disc of the eye and resultant visual field loss due to lack of communication between the retina and the brain, which can lead to blindness.
Borrowed from Classical Greek γλαύκωμα (glaukōma, “an opacity of the crystalline lens”), derived from γλαυκός (glaukós, “clear”)