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July 1976

Ophthalmologic Terminology

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Worcester, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(7):1227. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040135019

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To the Editor.  —Recent developments in both cataract and vitreous surgery have given rise to a complicated and often confusing nomenclature and threaten the future with more of the same.I propose the following system for the creation of new terms, a system that could internationalize terminology and lay a logical foundation on which the vocabulary in this area could be built. The words derive from the Greek (derivation and meaning is in parentheses).

Phakotemahynsis (temahynsis, fragmentation):  to substitute for phakoemulsification, phakofragmentation, etc. As applied to the vitreous, it would be "vitreotemahynsis."

Rouphexis (rouphexis, sucking):  to stand for suction, aspiration, etc. This shall denote an active component (eg, phakorouphexis, vitreorouphexis).

Hydrephsis (watering)  to stand for irrigation. This shall connote a minimal active component (eg, gravity).

Plynsis (washing):  to substitute for wash-out, etc (eg, anterior chamber plynsis, hyphema plynsis, orbital plynsis). This shall denote a passive component to the procedure performed.

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