iridology

noun

ir·​i·​dol·​o·​gy ˌī-rə-ˈdä-lə-jē How to pronounce iridology (audio)
plural iridologies
: the study of the iris of the eye for indications of bodily health and disease
iridologist noun

Examples of iridology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also on offer: alternative medicine practices like iridology and naturopathy. Siobhan Reid, Robb Report, 19 Sep. 2023 And yet alternative healing methods—such as Reiki, whose practitioners direct energy into patients’ bodies by touching them, or iridology, whose diagnoses depend on reading the irises of patients’ eyes—that have failed to clear the scientific bar have not simply evaporated. Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling, The New Republic, 28 Feb. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

irido- + -logy

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iridology was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Iridology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iridology. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

iridology

noun
ir·​i·​dol·​o·​gy ˌī-rə-ˈdäl-ə-jē How to pronounce iridology (audio)
plural iridologies
: the study of the iris of the eye for indications of bodily health and disease
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