Definition of retrolental fibroplasia in English:

retrolental fibroplasia


  • [mass noun] Abnormal proliferation of fibrous tissue immediately behind the lens of the eye, leading to blindness. It affected many premature babies in the 1950s, owing to the excessive administration of oxygen.

    • ‘It is known that excessive oxygen can damage the retina of a premature baby leading to a condition called retrolental fibroplasia which results in blindness.’
    • ‘Retrolental fibroplasia is the most common cause of preschool blindness.’
    • ‘Through his involvement in the tragic saga of retrolental fibroplasia (retinopathy of prematurity), his devotion to rooting out weaknesses in clinical research methodology became more than an intellectual exercise.’


1940s: from retro- + Latin lens, lent- lentil + -al.


retrolental fibroplasia

/ˌrɛtrəʊˌlɛnt(ə)l ˌfʌɪbrəʊˈpleɪzɪə/