One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ophthalmoscope used to examine one's own eyes.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Medical Times and Gazette. From auto- + ophthalmoscope, after French auto-ophthalmoscope or German Auto-Ophthalmoskop (both 1863 or earlier). With the some forms compare French autophthalmoscope, German Autophthalmoskop.
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