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[op-tik] /ˈɒp tɪk/
of or relating to the eye or sight.
the eye.
a lens of an optical instrument.
Origin of optic
1535-45; < Medieval Latin opticus < Greek optikós, equivalent to opt(ós) seen (verbid of ópsesthai to see) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
interoptic, adjective
nonoptic, adjective
postoptic, adjective
preoptic, adjective
suboptic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for optic
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  • Gegenbaur's evertebral part—the region of the olfactory and optic nerves—which cannot be referred to any metameric segmentation.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • "The brake-handle did that, it did so," said Davis, touching the optic tenderly.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The optic nerve grew tired, and sight, accordingly, less accurate.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • We wish to extend our enquiries from the auditory to the optic nerve.

  • It is really an expansion of the ultimate fibers of the optic nerve, by means of which impressions are sent to the brain.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • At the other end of the scale is the optic artist, the painter and sculptor.

  • Was not the tinted music so cunningly merged as to impinge first on the optic nerve?

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • The optic nerve is a shrunken, atrophied and insensate thread.

  • The skeletal structures developed in connection with the optic capsule do not become united to the skull.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for optic


of or relating to the eye or vision
a less common word for optical
an informal word for eye1
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin opticus, from Greek optikos, from optos visible, seen; related to ōps eye


(Brit) trademark a device attached to an inverted bottle for dispensing measured quantities of liquid, such as whisky, gin, etc
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Word Origin and History for optic

early 15c., from Middle French optique, obtique (c.1300) and directly from Medieval Latin opticus "of sight or seeing," from Greek optikos "of or having to do with sight," from optos "seen, visible," from op-, root of opsesthai "be going to see," related to ops "eye," from PIE *okw- "to see" (see eye (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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optic in Medicine

optic op·tic (ŏp'tĭk) or op·ti·cal (ŏp'tĭ-kəl)

  1. Of or relating to the eye or vision.

  2. Of or relating to the science of optics or optical equipment.

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optic in Science
Relating to or involving the eye or vision.
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