Definition of ophthalmia in English:


Syllabification: oph·thal·mi·a
Pronunciation: /äfˈTHalmēə, äp-


  • Inflammation of the eye, especially conjunctivitis.
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    • The leaves of bael are useful in ophthalmia, deafness, inflammations, catarrh, diabetes and asthmatic complaints.
    • Sympathetic ophthalmia, in which chronic inflammation develops in the uninjured eye, is a potentially serious complication of any severe penetrating eye injury.
    • It is said to be useful in intermittent fevers, ulcers, ophthalmia, pleurisy, etc.


late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek, from ophthalmos 'eye'.

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