One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Partial or total blindness without visible change in the eye, typically due to disease of the optic nerve, spinal cord, or brain.
- ‘Leber congenital amaurosis is an inherited disease that is believed to cause up to 20 percent of all cases of childhood blindness.’
- ‘Other visual symptoms may include amaurosis fugax, diplopia and partial loss of vision.’
- ‘Another popular writer of detective stories was Ernest Bramah, creator of the blind detective Max Carrados, sufferer of amaurosis.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek amaurōsis, from amauroun ‘darken’, from amauros ‘dim’.
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