Definitions for nystagmusnɪˈstæg məs
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a persistent, rapid, involuntary side-to-side eye movement.
Category: Physiology, Ophthalmology
Origin of nystagmus:
1815–25; < NL < Gk nystagmós nodding, der. of nystázein to nod
involuntary movements of the eyeballs; its presence or absence is used to diagnose a variety of neurological and visual disorders
rapid involuntary eye movement, usually lateral
Origin: First attested in 1798. From nystagmus, from νυσταγμός, from νυστάζω.
a rapid involuntary oscillation of the eyeballs
Nystagmus is a condition of involuntary eye movement, acquired in infancy or later in life, that may result in reduced or limited vision. There are two key forms of nystagmus: pathological and physiological, with variations within each type. Nystagmus may be caused by congenital disorders, acquired or central nervous system disorders, toxicity, pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol, or rotational movement. Previously considered untreatable, in recent years several pharmaceutical drugs have been identified for treatment of nystagmus. Nystagmus is occasionally associated with vertigo.
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