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 (păn-ŏp′tĭk) also pan·op·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
Including everything visible in one view.

[From Greek panoptos, fully visible : pan-, with respect to everything, fully; see pan- + optos, visible; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]


(pænˈɒptɪk) or


taking in all parts, aspects, etc, in a single view; all-embracing: a panoptic survey.
[C19: from Greek panoptēs seeing everything, from pan- + optos visible]
panˈoptically adv


(pænˈɒp tɪk)

also pan•op′ti•cal,

permitting the viewing of all parts or elements: a panoptic tissue stain for microscopic viewing.
[1820–30; < Greek panópt(ēs) all-seeing + -ic. See pan-, optic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.panoptic - including everything visible in one view; "a panoptic aerial photograph of the missile base"; "a panoptic stain used in microscopy"
seeable, visible - capable of being seen; or open to easy view; "a visible object"; "visible stars"; "mountains visible in the distance"; "a visible change of expression"; "visible files"
2.panoptic - broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"