panopticon

noun
pan·op·ti·con | \pə-ˈnäp-ti-ˌkän, pa-\
plural panopticons

Definition of panopticon 

1 : an optical instrument combining the telescope and microscope

2 : a circular prison built with cells arranged radially so that a guard at a central position can see all the prisoners

First Known Use of panopticon

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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