ophthalmia

noun
oph·​thal·​mia | \ äf-ˈthal-mē-ə How to pronounce ophthalmia (audio) , äp- \

Definition of ophthalmia

: inflammation of the conjunctiva or the eyeball

Examples of ophthalmia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the Italian campaign Hannibal rode an elephant through a swamp off the Arno and lost the sight in his right eye from what was probably ophthalmia. Smithsonian, 29 July 2017 During the Italian campaign Hannibal rode an elephant through a swamp off the Arno and lost the sight in his right eye from what was probably ophthalmia. Smithsonian, 29 July 2017 During the Italian campaign Hannibal rode an elephant through a swamp off the Arno and lost the sight in his right eye from what was probably ophthalmia. Smithsonian, 29 July 2017 During the Italian campaign Hannibal rode an elephant through a swamp off the Arno and lost the sight in his right eye from what was probably ophthalmia. Smithsonian, 29 July 2017 During the Italian campaign Hannibal rode an elephant through a swamp off the Arno and lost the sight in his right eye from what was probably ophthalmia. Smithsonian, 29 July 2017 During the Italian campaign Hannibal rode an elephant through a swamp off the Arno and lost the sight in his right eye from what was probably ophthalmia. Smithsonian, 29 July 2017 During the Italian campaign Hannibal rode an elephant through a swamp off the Arno and lost the sight in his right eye from what was probably ophthalmia. Smithsonian, 29 July 2017 During the Italian campaign Hannibal rode an elephant through a swamp off the Arno and lost the sight in his right eye from what was probably ophthalmia. Smithsonian, 28 June 2017 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ophthalmia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of ophthalmia

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ophthalmia

Middle English obtalmia, borrowed from Late Latin ophthalmia (Medieval Latin also obtalmia), borrowed from Greek ophthalmía, from ophthalmós "eye" + -ia -ia entry 1 ophthalmo-

Learn More About ophthalmia

Time Traveler for ophthalmia

Time Traveler

The first known use of ophthalmia was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near ophthalmia

ophthalmencephalon

ophthalmia

ophthalmiater

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for ophthalmia

Cite this Entry

“Ophthalmia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophthalmia. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for ophthalmia

ophthalmia

noun
oph·​thal·​mia | \ äf-ˈthal-mē-ə, äp- How to pronounce ophthalmia (audio) \

Medical Definition of ophthalmia

: inflammation of the conjunctiva or the eyeball

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!