[ of-thal-mee-uh, op- ]
/ ɒfˈθæl mi ə, ɒp- /


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

Related forms

oph·thal·mi·ac [of-thal-mee-ak, op-] /ɒfˈθæl miˌæk, ɒp-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ophthalmia


/ (ɒfˈθælmɪə) /


inflammation of the eye, often including the conjunctiva

Word Origin for ophthalmia

C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from ophthalmos eye; see optic
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Medicine definitions for ophthalmia


[ ŏf-thălmē-ə, ŏp- ]


Severe, often purulent conjunctivitis.
Inflammation of the deep eye structures.ophthalmitis
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