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loss of sight without apparent lesion of the eye, as from disease of the optic nerve, spine, or brain.
amaurosis conge´nita (amaurosis congenita of Leber) (congenital amaurosis) hereditary blindness occurring at or shortly after birth, associated with an atypical form of diffuse pigmentation and commonly with optic atrophy and attenuation of the retinal vessels.
amaurosis fu´gax sudden temporary or fleeting blindness.
Leber's congenital amaurosis amaurosis congenita.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
a transient blindness that may result from a transient ischemia resulting from carotid artery insufficiency or retinal artery embolus, or to centrifugal force (visual blackout in flight).
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
amaurosis fugaxTransient retinal ischemia, see there.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
am·au·ro·sis fu·gax(am'aw-rō'sis fū'gaks)
Transient blindness that may result from carotid artery insufficiency, retinal artery embolus, or centrifugal force (visual blackout in flight).
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
amaurosis fugaxTransient loss of vision, usually for a few seconds or minutes caused by interference to the blood supply to parts of the brain or eye by tiny EMBOLI or by spasm of the arteries supplying the eye. Repeated attacks can damage the RETINA and the condition is a warning of the grave danger of STROKE. Amaurosis fugax is a form of TRANSIENT ISCHAEMIC ATTACK.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
Transient unilateral loss of vision. The visual loss varies from partial to total blindness and rarely lasts longer than 10 minutes. It is usually caused by a temporary occlusion in the internal carotid artery, which produces an insufficient blood flow to the ophthalmic artery and may lead to closure of the central retinal artery. Syn. blackout. See fluorescein angiography; temporal arteritis; blackout; bruit; Hollenhorst's plaques; retinal arterial occlusion.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann