ciliary body

noun

anatomy
: a vascular structure encircling the inner surface of the eye behind the iris that secretes the aqueous humor and contains the muscle which controls accommodation of the eye see eye illustration

Examples of ciliary body in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Melanoma of the eye can occur in different parts of the eye, including the uvea, iris, ciliary body, conjunctiva, and eyelids. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Milder versions of laser photocoagulation: This type of procedure targets the ciliary body and stops it from producing so much fluid. Amy Marturana Winderl, Cpt, Health, 25 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ciliary body was in 1826

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“Ciliary body.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ciliary%20body. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

ciliary body

noun
: a vascular structure encircling the inner surface of the eye behind the iris that secretes the aqueous humor, contains the ciliary muscle and ciliary processes, and is comprised anteriorly of the pars plicata and posteriorly of the pars plana
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