Meaning of glaucoma in English:


Pronunciation /ɡlɔːˈkəʊmə/

Translate glaucoma into Spanish


mass nounMedicine
  • A condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing gradual loss of sight.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘One way round the ethical obstacle was to look at patients with normal pressure glaucoma because many of these were not treated anyway.’
    • ‘If the rise in pressure is slow, pain is not a feature of glaucoma until the pressure is extremely high.’


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