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April 1965


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(4):607. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030609040

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To the Editor:  If the conception of an inflammation restricted to the pars plana of the ciliary body is justified, the use of a fitting term for this condition is mandatory. The name "pars planitis" is composed of a noun and an adjective with a suffix indicating inflammation. This is linguistically wrong since an adjective cannot be "suffixed" to denominate its inflammation. The inventor of pars planitis would hardly use the term "nervus opticitis" to name an inflammation of the optic nerve or retina centralitis instead of central retinitis! May I suggest the term "cyclitis posterior" since the pars plana constitutes the posterior part of the ciliary body. Let us keep our nomenclature logically and linguistically clean!

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