- 1. Manifestation of the Oedipus complex. 2. Rarely used term for self-infliction of injury to the eyes, usually an attempt at evulsion. [Oedipus, G. myth. char.]
* * *oed·i·pism (edґĭ-piz-əm) [from Oedipus, King of Thebes, who blinded himself after unknowingly killing his father and marrying his mother] intentional injury of one's own eyes.
Medical dictionary. 2011.