noun plural combining form
-oph·​thal·​ma | \ ˌäfˈthalmə, ÷ˌäpˈth- \
variants: or -ophthalmia \ -​mēə \

Definition of -ophthalma

: ones having a (specified) eye used in higher taxa especially of arthropodsEdriophthalmaPodophthalmia

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History and Etymology for -ophthalma

-ophthalma, New Latin, from Greek, neuter plural of adjective combining form -ophthalmos having a (specified) eye, from ophthalmos; -ophthalmia, New Latin, from Greek ophthalmos + New Latin -ia

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“-ophthalma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-ophthalma. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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