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variant of ophthalmo- before a vowel: ophthalmitis.
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Other definitions for ophthalm- (2 of 2)

ophthalm.

or ophthalmol


abbreviation
ophthalmology.
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WORDS THAT USE OPHTHALM-

What does ophthalm- mean?

Ophthalm- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “eye.” It is occasionally used in medical terms, especially in anatomy and pathology.

Ophthalm- comes from the Greek ophthalmós, meaning “eye.” Related to ophthalmós is ṓps, Greek for “eye” or “face,” and source of such combining forms as -opia, -opsia, and opto-. The Latin word for “eye” is oculus, source of the combining form oculo-.

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

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Examples of ophthalm-

One example of a medical term that features the combining form ophthalm- is ophthalmalgia, “pain in the eyeball.”

The first part of the word, ophthalm-, means “eye.” The second part, -algia, means “pain.” Ophthalmalgia literally translates to “eye pain.”

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The suffix -itis is often used to name the inflammation of an organ. What does the medical condition of ophthalmitis involve?

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