myopia[mī ō′pē ə]
- Myopia is nearsightedness, or a lack of ability to look at the big picture and consider complex or long-term ideas.
- Nearsightedness is an example of myopia.
- A lack of intellectual knowledge or curiosity is an example of myopia.
- an abnormal eye condition in which light rays from distant objects are focused in front of the retina instead of on it, so that the objects are not seen distinctly; nearsightedness
- lack of understanding or foresight
Origin of myopiaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek myōpia ; from myōps: see myope
- A visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it. Also called nearsightedness, short sight.
- Lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning: “For Lorca, New York is a symbol of spiritual myopia” (Edwin Honig).
Origin of myopiaGreek muōpiā, from muōps, muōp-, nearsighted : mūein, to close the eyes + ōps, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
top: normal eye with light focused on the retinabottom:myopic eye with light focused in front of the retina
(countable and uncountable, plural myopias)
From Ancient Greek μυωπία (myōpia, “shortsightedness”), from μύειν (myein, “to shut”) + ὤψ (ōps, “eye”).