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[kuh-top-triks] /kəˈtɒp trɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of optics dealing with the formation of images by mirrors.
Origin of catoptrics
1560-70; < Greekkatoptrikós, equivalent to kátoptr(on) mirror (kat- cat- + op- see + -tron suffix of instruments) +-ikos -ic; see -ics
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catoptric, catoptrical, adjective
catoptrically, adverb Unabridged
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(functioning as sing) the branch of optics concerned with reflection, esp the formation of images by mirrors
Derived Forms
catoptric, catoptrical, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Greek katoptrikos, from katoptron mirror
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Word Origin and History for catoptric

"pertaining to mirrors or a mirror," 1774, from Latinized form of Greek katoptrikos, from katoptron "mirror," from kata- "against" (see cata-) + stem of optos "seen, visible" (see optic) + instrumental suffix -tron. Related: Catoptrics; catoptrical.

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catoptric in Science
Relating to the reflection of light, especially by a mirror. Catoptric lenses are used in Fresnel lenses and many telescopes. Compare catadioptric, dioptric.

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