One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Spasmodic or rhythmic contraction of the pupil of the eye, a symptom of some neurological conditions.
tightening, tensing, flexing, constrictingView synonyms
- ‘Even a pronounced hippus may be physiological and does not necessarily require extensive diagnostic investigations.’
Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek hippos ‘tremor of the eyes’.
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