catoptric

adjective

ca·​top·​tric kə-ˈtäp-trik How to pronounce catoptric (audio)
: being or using a mirror to focus light

Word History

Etymology

Greek katoptrikos, from katoptron mirror, from katopsesthai to be going to observe, from kata- + opsesthai to be going to see — more at optic

First Known Use

circa 1766, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catoptric was circa 1766

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Cite this Entry

“Catoptric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catoptric. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

catoptric

adjective
ca·​top·​tric kə-ˈtäp-trik How to pronounce catoptric (audio)
: being or using a mirror to focus light
catoptrically adverb
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