Definition of Ophthalmia neonatorum

1. Noun. Ophthalmia in newborns; contracted while passing through the birth canal; usually prevented with silver nitrate drops.

Generic synonyms: Ophthalmia, Ophthalmitis

Medical Definition of Ophthalmia neonatorum

1. Acute conjunctival inflammation in the newborn, usually caused by maternal gonococcal infection. The causative agent is neisseria gonorrhoeae. The baby's eyes are contaminated during passage through the birth canal. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ophthalmia Neonatorum

ophryospinal angle
ophthalmia eczematosa
ophthalmia neonatorum (current term)
ophthalmia nivalis
ophthalmia nodosa
ophthalmic acid
ophthalmic artery
ophthalmic hyperthyroidism
ophthalmic nerve
ophthalmic ointment
ophthalmic plexus
ophthalmic solutions
ophthalmic vein
ophthalmic veins

Literary usage of Ophthalmia neonatorum

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1. Preventive medicine and hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau (1917)
"Haab reduced the frequency of ophthalmia neonatorum in hospital practice from 9 to 1 per ... In 2265 births, ophthalmia neonatorum developed in 10 per cent, ..."

2. Hygiene of Communicable Diseases: A Handbook for Sanitarians, Medical by Francis Merton Munson, John Harington, Francis Randolph Packard, Fielding Hudson Garrison (1920)
"Prevention of ophthalmia neonatorum. In about 65 per cent of cases ophthalmia ... Ph.D.: "The prevention of blindness from ophthalmia neonatorum is not ..."

3. Diseases of the Eye by Lawrance Webster Fox (1904)
"(Statistic-; show that in the United States 30 per cent of the blind have lost their sight as the result of ophthalmia neonatorum and its sequels. ..."

4. A Manual for Health Officers by Joseph Scott MacNutt (1915)
"COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PREVENTABLE BLINDNESS ophthalmia neonatorum Ophthalmia neonatorum is a term ... ophthalmia neonatorum at time of birth is usually a ..."

5. Text-book of Ophthalmology by Ernst Fuchs (1911)
"ophthalmia neonatorum. 12. We designate by this name the inflammations of the conjunctiva ... The infection that gives rise to this ophthalmia neonatorum ..."

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