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ommatidium

[ om-uh-tid-ee-uhm ]
/ ˌɒm əˈtɪd i əm /
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noun, plural om·ma·tid·i·a [om-uh-tid-ee-uh]. /ˌɒm əˈtɪd i ə/. Zoology.
one of the radial elements composing a compound eye.
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Origin of ommatidium

1880–85; <New Latin <Greek ommat- (stem of ómma eye) + New Latin -idium-idium

OTHER WORDS FROM ommatidium

om·ma·tid·i·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ommatidium

ommatidium
/ (ˌɒməˈtɪdɪəm) /

noun plural -tidia (-ˈtɪdɪə)
any of the numerous cone-shaped units that make up the compound eyes of some arthropods

Derived forms of ommatidium

ommatidial, adjective

Word Origin for ommatidium

C19: via New Latin from Greek ommatidion, from omma eye
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Scientific definitions for ommatidium

ommatidium
[ ŏm′ə-tĭdē-əm ]

Plural ommatidia
One of the tiny light-sensitive parts of the compound eye of insects and other arthropods. An ommatidium resembles a single simplified eye. See more at compound eye.
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