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Meaning of panoptic

pan•op•tic

Pronunciation: (pan-op'tik), [key]
— adj.
  1. permitting the viewing of all parts or elements: a panoptic stain used in microscopy; a panoptic aerial photograph of an enemy missile base.
  2. considering all parts or elements; all inclusive: a panoptic criticism of modern poetry.
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