oc·​u·​lar | \ ˈä-kyə-lər How to pronounce ocular (audio) \

Definition of ocular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : done or perceived by the eye ocular inspection
b : based on what has been seen ocular testimony
2a : of or relating to the eye ocular muscles
b : resembling an eye in form or function



Definition of ocular (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ocular

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

  • nonvisual
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Examples of ocular in a Sentence

Adjective recommends regular eye examinations for the early detection of such ocular diseases as glaucoma
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The longer the ocular surface is inflamed, the more uncomfortable the patient becomes. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Things That Can Make Your Dry Eyes Even Worse," 1 Aug. 2018 With uncoated lenses, light transmission from objective to ocular lenses might be less than 70 percent, but good lens coatings can raise that to 95 percent transmission. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How to Choose the Right Binoculars for You," 8 Apr. 2020 Zoo personnel had monitored and treated him for a chronic infection in his left ear, along with high ocular pressure, the zoo said. Washington Post, "Aged harbor seal dies at National Zoo," 25 Jan. 2020 While most cases of rosacea display on the cheeks, nose and forehead, some people have a form called ocular rosacea, which causes inflammation, redness and dryness of the eyes. Los Angeles Times, "Rosacea treatments: 10 creams, lotions and salves that promise to save your skin," 28 Aug. 2019 The senior pup was found with an untreated wound on his head, very underweight with ocular discharge and found to have tick fever. azcentral, "Buddy and other pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 21 Feb. 2020 Luke had been experiencing ocular discomfort and had trouble orienting himself recently, according to the zoo’s statement. USA TODAY, "Cheetah run, mountain-man biathlon, prodigal emu: News from around our 50 states," 28 Jan. 2020 Swarovski’s flagship spotter is built on a modular system that allows easy swapping of objective and ocular elements. Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 Winans, who played at Greenway High, has ocular albinism and nystagmus, a rare genetic condition that substantially limits his vision and makes his extremely sensitive to light. Kent Somers, azcentral, "NAIA reverses course. Blind football player can wear tinted visor, play immediately," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ocular


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ocular


Late Latin ocularis of eyes, from Latin oculus eye

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The first known use of ocular was in 1598

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5 Jun 2020

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“Ocular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocular. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ocular

technical : of or relating to the eye


oc·​u·​lar | \ ˈä-kyə-lər How to pronounce ocular (audio) \

Kids Definition of ocular

: of or relating to the eye or eyesight ocular diseases


oc·​u·​lar | \ ˈäk-yə-lər How to pronounce ocular (audio) \

Medical Definition of ocular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the eye the ocular adnexa include the eyelids and the lacrimal glands



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