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Feb 4, 2010
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daltonism
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John Dalton
John Dalton
(Source: John Dalton and the Rise of Modern Chemistry, by Henry Roscoe)

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daltonism

PRONUNCIATION:
(DAWL-tuh-niz-em)

MEANING:
noun: Color blindness, especially the inability to distinguish between red and green.

ETYMOLOGY:
After John Dalton (1766-1844), chemist and physicist, who gave us Dalton's Law of Partial Pressures. He studied his own color blindness as well.

USAGE:
"Theodore R. Weeks refers to 'national daltonism: the extreme difficulty nationalists had... in perceiving and appreciating the viewpoints or needs of members of other nationalities."
Stephen D. Corrsin; Nation and State in Late Imperial Russia; Canadian Slavonic Papers (Ottawa); Sep-Dec 1999.

See more usage examples of daltonism in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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