noun Etymology: Middle English obtalmia, from Late Latin ophthalmia, from Greek, from ophthalmos eye; akin to Greek ōps eye — more at eye Date: 14th century inflammation of the conjunctiva or the eyeball

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  • Ophthalmia — Oph*thal mi*a ([o^]f*th[a^]l m[i^]*[.a]), n. [F. ophthalmie, L. ophthalmia, fr. Gr. ofqalmi a, fr. ofqalmo s the eye, akin to E. optic. See {Optic}.] (Med.) An inflammation of the membranes or coats of the eye or of the eyeball. Syn: ophthalmitis …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ophthalmia — (n.) inflammation of the eye, conjunctivitis, late 14c., from Gk. ophthalmia, from ophthalmos (see OPHTHALMO (Cf. ophthalmo )) + IA (Cf. ia) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ophthalmia — [äf΄thal mīt′is, äf΄thəlmīt′isäf thal′mē ə] n. [ME obtalmia < LL ophthalmia < Gr < ophthalmos, the eye: see OPHTHALMO ] a severe inflammation of the eyeball or conjunctiva: also ophthalmitis [äf΄thal mīt′is, äf΄thəlmīt′is] …   English World dictionary

  • Ophthalmia — vgl. Ophthalmie …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • ophthalmia — ► NOUN Medicine ▪ inflammation of the eye, especially conjunctivitis. ORIGIN Greek, from ophthalmos eye …   English terms dictionary

  • Ophthalmia — Ophthalmitis redirects here. For the genus of geometer moth, see Ophthalmitis (moth). Ophthalmia (also called ophthalmitis) is inflammation of the eye. It is a medical sign which may be indicative of various conditions, including sympathetic… …   Wikipedia

  • ophthalmia — ophthalmiac /of thal mee ak , op /, n. /of thal mee euh, op /, n. inflammation of the eye, esp. of its membranes or external structures. [1350 1400; < LL < Gk ophthalmía, equiv. to ophthalm(ós) eye + ia IA; r. ME obtalmia < ML, LL as above] * * * …   Universalium

  • Ophthalmia — Inflammation of the eye. Also known as ophthalmitis. * * * 1. Severe, often purulent, conjunctivitis. 2. Inflammation of the deeper structures of the eye. [G.] catarrhal o. a mild form of conjunctivitis with mucopurulent secretion. caterpillar… …   Medical dictionary

  • ophthalmia — n. inflammation of the eye, particularly the conjunctiva (see conjunctivitis). Sympathetic ophthalmia is a granulomatous uveitis affecting all parts of the uveal tract of both eyes that may develop after perforating trauma or (more rarely) after… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • ophthalmia — oph•thal•mi•a [[t]ɒfˈθæl mi ə, ɒp [/t]] n. oph inflammation of the eye, esp. of its membranes or external structures • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME obtalmia < MLophthalmia, LL < Gk ophthalmía=ophthalm(ós) eye + ia ia …   From formal English to slang

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