One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Conjunctivitis, usually purulent, occurring in infants in the first month of life, often as the result of mother-to-child transmission of organisms present in the genital tract.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Dennis Hoblyn (1803–1886), educational writer. From post-classical Latin ophthalmia neonatorum from ophthalmia + neonatorum of the newborn, genitive plural of neonatus.
ophthalmia neonatorum/ɒfˈθalmɪə ˌnɪə(ʊ)neɪˈtɔːrəm//ɒpˈθalmɪə ˌnɪə(ʊ)neɪˈtɔːrəm/
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