- inflammation of the eye, especially of its membranes or external structures.
Origin of ophthalmia
1350–1400; < Late Latin < Greek ophthalmía, equivalent to ophthalm(ós) eye + -ia -ia; replacing Middle English obtalmia < Medieval Latin, Late Latin as above
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Examples from the Web for ophthalmia
All he could conclude was that it was not ophthalmia or trachoma.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Apis is no less efficacious against the higher grades of ophthalmia.Apis Mellifica
C. W. Wolf
His cheeks were sunken, and the eyes, though bright, were disfigured by ophthalmia.Darkness and Dawn
Frederic W. Farrar
They often suffer from ophthalmia, though not in the virulent Egyptian form.
Ophthalmia is common and sometimes will attack whole tribes.
- inflammation of the eye, often including the conjunctiva
C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from ophthalmos eye; see optic
Word Origin and History for ophthalmia
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Severe, often purulent conjunctivitis.
- Inflammation of the deep eye structures.ophthalmitis