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[of-thuh l-mol-uh-jee, -thuh-, -thal-, op-]
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  1. the branch of medical science dealing with the anatomy, functions, and diseases of the eye.

Origin of ophthalmology

First recorded in 1835–45; ophthalmo- + -logy
Related formsoph·thal·mo·log·i·cal [of-thal-muh-loj-i-kuh l, op-] /ɒfˌθæl məˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ɒp-/, oph·thal·mo·log·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ophthalmology


  1. the branch of medicine concerned with the eye and its diseases
Derived Formsophthalmological (ɒfˌθælməˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
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Word Origin and History for ophthalmology


1842; see ophthalmo- + -logy. Related: Ophthalmological.

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ophthalmology in Medicine


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  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, functions, pathology, and treatment of the eye.
Related formsoph•thal′mo•logic (-thăl′mə-lŏjĭk) null adj.
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ophthalmology in Science


[ŏf′thəl-mŏlə-jē, ŏp′-]
  1. The scientific study of the eye, its diseases, and their treatment.
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ophthalmology in Culture


[(of-thuhl-mol-uh-jee, of-thuh-mol-uh-jee)]

The branch of medicine devoted to the study and care of the eye.

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