Definition of ophthalmia in English:

ophthalmia

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sympathetic ophthalmia is a bilateral panuveitis occurring after penetrating trauma or intraocular surgery.’
    • ‘The leaves of bael are useful in ophthalmia, deafness, inflammations, catarrh, diabetes and asthmatic complaints.’
    • ‘Men developed eye disorders and acute ophthalmia, and some went blind.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

ophthalmia

/ɒfˈθalmɪə/