ophthalmia neonatorum

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Noun1.ophthalmia neonatorum - ophthalmia in newborns; contracted while passing through the birth canal; usually prevented with silver nitrate drops
ophthalmia, ophthalmitis - severe conjunctivitis
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The American Academy of Family Physicians reports on its web site that the USPSTF said that "there is good evidence that blindness due to gonococcal opthalmia neonatorum has become rare in the United States since the implementation of universal preventive medication of newborns.