Definition of ophthalmia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɒfˈθalmɪə/
Pronunciation: /ɒpˈθalmɪə/


[mass noun] Medicine
Inflammation of the eye, especially conjunctivitis.
Example sentences
  • 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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