[of-thal-mik, op-]
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Origin of ophthalmic

1595–1605; < Latin ophthalmicus < Greek ophthalmikós, equivalent to ophthalm(ós) eye + -ikos -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for ophthalmic


  1. of or relating to the eye
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Word Origin and History for ophthalmic

"pertaining to the eye," early 18c., from Latin ophthalmicus, from Greek ophthalmikos "pertaining to the eye," from ophthalmos "eye" (see ophthalmo-).

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ophthalmic in Medicine


[ŏf-thălmĭk, ŏp-]
  1. Of or relating to the eye; ocular.
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ophthalmic in Culture


[(of-thal-mik, op-thal-mik)]

A descriptive term for the eye.

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