Origin of -opsis
Words nearby -opsis
WORDS THAT USE -OPSIS
What does -opsis mean?
The form -opsis comes from Greek ópsis, meaning “appearance” and “sight.” Related to ópsis are ophthalmós, “eye,” which gives us the combining form ophthalmo-, as well as ṓps, “eye” or “face,” which is the root of combining forms such as opto-, -opia, and -opsia. The Latin cognate of ópsis, ophthalmo-, and ṓps is oculus, “eye,” the source of the combining form oculo- and the noun monocle. Learn more at our entries for each word.
What are variants of -opsis?
While -opsy is not a variant of -opsis, the two combining forms have a common origin. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for -opsy.
Examples of -opsis
One example of a scientific term that features the form -opsis is stereopsis, meaning “stereoscopic vision; the ability to perceive depth.”
The stere- part of the word means “solid,” particularly in reference to three-dimensionality, from Greek stereós. The form -opsis means “likeness.” Stereopsis roughly translates to “solid likeness.”
What are some words that use the combining form -opsis?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters -opsis, such as synopsis, is necessarily using the combining form -opsis to denote “likeness.” Learn why synopsis means “summary” at our entry for the word.
Break it down!
The combining form kore- comes from Greek kóris, meaning “bedbug.” With this in mind, what does the seed of a plant of the genus Coreopsis look like?
How to use -opsis in a sentence
Amanitopsis is from Aminita and opsis, resembling; so called because it resembles the Amanita.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise|M. E. Hard