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, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 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, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 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, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 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, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 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, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 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, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 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, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 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, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 28 June 2017

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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-

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“Ophthalmia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophthalmia. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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
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