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[of-thal-muh-skohp, op-] /ɒfˈθæl məˌskoʊp, ɒp-/
an instrument for viewing the interior of the eye or examining the retina.
Origin of ophthalmoscope
1855-60; ophthalmo- + -scope
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[of-thal-muh-skop-ik, op-] /ɒfˌθæl məˈskɒp ɪk, ɒp-/ (Show IPA),
ophthalmoscopical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ophthalmoscope
  • The professor sat beside my desk and stared steadily at an ophthalmoscope on the wall above an exam table.
  • Your health care provider will check your vision, eye movements, and the back of the eye with an ophthalmoscope.
British Dictionary definitions for ophthalmoscope


an instrument for examining the interior of the eye
Derived Forms
ophthalmoscopic (ɒfˌθælməˈskɒpɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for ophthalmoscope

1857 in English; coined 1852 by German physician and physicist Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (1821–1894) from ophthalmo- + -scope.

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ophthalmoscope in Medicine

ophthalmoscope oph·thal·mo·scope (ŏf-thāl'mə-skōp', ŏp-)
An instrument for examining the interior structures of the eye, especially the retina, consisting essentially of a mirror that reflects light into the eye and a central hole through which the eye is examined.

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