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a combining form meaning “eye,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, ophthalm-.
Origin of ophthalmo-
< Greek, combining form of ophthalmós Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ophthalmo-


combining form
indicating the eye or the eyeball: ophthalmoscope
Word Origin
from Greek ophthalmoseye1
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Word Origin and History for ophthalmo-

before vowels ophthalm-, word-forming element meaning "eye," mostly in plural, "the eyes," from Greek ophthalmo-, comb. form of ophthalmos "eye," originally "the seeing," of uncertain origin. Perhaps from ops "eye" (see optic) + a form related to thalamos "inner room, chamber" (see thalamus), giving the whole a sense of "eye and eye socket."

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ophthalmo- in Medicine

ophthalmo- or ophthalm-
Eye; eyeball: ophthalmoscope.

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