- a combining form meaning “eye,” used in the formation of compound words: ophthalmology.
Origin of ophthalmo-
before a vowel ophthalm-
- indicating the eye or the eyeballophthalmoscope
Word Origin and History for ophthalmo-
before vowels ophthalm-, word-forming element meaning "eye," mostly in plural, "the eyes," from Greek ophthalmo-, comb. form of ophthalmos "eye," originally "the seeing," of uncertain origin. Perhaps from ops "eye" (see optic) + a form related to thalamos "inner room, chamber" (see thalamus), giving the whole a sense of "eye and eye socket."
- Eye; eyeball:ophthalmoscope.