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a combining form meaning “eyelid,” used in the formation of compound words: blepharitis.



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Also especially before a consonant, blepharo-.

Origin of blephar-

<Greek blephar-, combining form of blépharon
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What does blephar- mean?

Blephar- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “eyelid.” It is used in some medical terms, especially in pathology.

Blephar- comes from the Greek blépharon, meaning “eyelid.”

Blephar- is a variant of blepharo-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

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Examples of blephar-

One example of a medical term that features the combining form blephar- is blepharectomy, “excision of all or part of an eyelid.”

The blephar- portion of the word means “eyelid.” What about -ectomy? It means “excision, removal.” Blepharectomy literally translates to “eyelid removal.”

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The suffix -itis means “inflammation.” With this in mind, what is the medical condition blepharitis?