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Apr 1, 2016
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clarigation
apricity
punalua
constative
entoptic

entoptic
Floaters
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entoptic

PRONUNCIATION:
(en-TOP-tik)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to images that originate within the eye (as opposed to images resulting from the light entering the eye).
Example: floaters, thread-like fragments that appear to float in front of the eye but are caused by the matter within the eye.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek ento- (within) + optic (relating to the eye or sight). Earliest documented use: 1876.

USAGE:
“The people whom we loved seem to float across our hearts (like those entoptic specks that drift across our eyeballs).”
Mark Leyner; My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist; Vintage; 1990.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -Milan Kundera, novelist, playwright, and poet (b. 1 Apr 1929)

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