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)

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 In the late fifties, Efim Liberman claimed to have figured out how the ocular nerve transmitted different colors to the brain with a pattern of impulses over time. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Cannabigerol is currently being studied for glaucoma and ocular swelling, as well as its neurological and inflammatory treatment potential. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 In the first video, Dr. Idriss gives a breakdown of the four types of rosacea — erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous, and ocular — and their effects with the help of images. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 26 May 2022 Studies on ocular toxoplasmosis have found that the damage caused to the eye is often irreversible. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 17 May 2022 To remedy undereye circles, fine lines, and puffiness, try an eye cream or eye treatment that is tailored to the delicate ocular skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 She was born with a congenital condition called multiple ocular colobomas in her right eye. Megan Becka, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 Rath, who was born with ocular albinism, nystagmus, and astigmatism cannot play games unless screens are positioned inches from his face. Grant Stoner, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 This effect benefits glaucoma patients by opening channels that drain excess fluid from the eye, relieving ocular pressure. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, 15 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Doctors this week published an image of just such an uncommon ocular impaling. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 4 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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“Ocular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocular. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for ocular


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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