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[of-thal-mik, op-] /ɒfˈθæl mɪk, ɒp-/
of or pertaining to the eye; ocular.
1595-1605; < Latin ophthalmicus < Greek ophthalmikós, equivalent to ophthalm(ós) eye + -ikos -ic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ophthalmic
  • Even the need for making tears has been taken over by the ophthalmic ointment that protects his corneas.
  • The abducent nerve is joined by several filaments from the carotid and cavernous plexuses, and by one from the ophthalmic nerve.
  • In the optic foramen the ophthalmic artery lies below and to its outer side.
  • It is intermediate, both in position and size, between the ophthalmic and mandibular.
British Dictionary definitions for ophthalmic


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

ophthalmic oph·thal·mic (ŏf-thāl'mĭk, ŏp-)
Of or relating to the eye; ocular.

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ophthalmic in Culture
ophthalmic [(of-thal-mik, op-thal-mik)]

A descriptive term for the eye.

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