One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A condition of the eyes in which objects appear smaller than normal.
- ‘In the second to third hour, visual illusions, wavelike recurrences of perceptual changes (micropsia, macropsia, etc.), and affective symptoms may occur.’
- ‘Because micropsia exists for close objects, macropsia, the opposite, occurs for far objects.’
- ‘Instead I lay incapacitated, overwhelmed by the sensation I am now able to give the name micropsia.’
- ‘It must be strongly emphasized that oculomotor micropsia and oculomotor macropsia are physiological and not geometrical effects.’
- ‘That oculomotor adjustment to a relatively near point induces micropsia for the zenith moon’
Mid 19th century: from micro- ‘small’ + Greek -opsia ‘seeing’.
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