Definition of deuteranopia in English:



mass noun
  • Colour blindness resulting from insensitivity to green light, causing confusion of greens, reds, and yellows.

    Compare with protanopia
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    • ‘But it's important to remember that a measurable percentage of men have red-green colorblindness (deuteranopia); instructing them to click the green box for yes or the red box for no, for example, should be avoided.’
    • ‘Red-green deficiency (deuteranopia) is the most frequently diagnosed deficiency.’
    • ‘The genetic cause has been determined for several color vision defects, achromatopsia (the loss of all color vision), blue monochromatism, protanopia, deuteranopia, and enhanced S-cone syndrome.’


Early 20th century: from deutero- ‘second’ (the colour green being regarded as the second component of colour vision) + an- + -opia.