Glaucome ou cataracte? Sur l'emploi Des dérivés de γλαυκóσ en ophtalmologie antique


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Does the term γλαύχωμα together with the other words derived from γλαυχός which are used in ancient ophthalmology, stand for glaucoma or cataract? The question is badly put: γλαύχωμα which, etymologically, means « greyish blue colourations » stands in fact for several diseases, the main symptom of which consists in that kind of alteration of the colour of the pupil or cornea. From the third century B.C. on, the word ύπόχυμα used specifically for the cataract appears at the same time as the first mention of the operation. Γλαύχωμα is then reserved for a number of diseases for which there is no cure
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