oc·​u·​lar | \ˈä-kyə-lər \

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

optic, optical, visual

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of ocular in a Sentence


recommends regular eye examinations for the early detection of such ocular diseases as glaucoma

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Due to coexisting ocular conditions (corneal or retinal), not all patents may be good candidates for these lenses. WSJ, "See What Cataract Surgery May Also Involve," 28 Nov. 2018 Just south of Iredell County, the town of Huntersville is using a $100,000 state grant to look for answers to an unusual number of cases of a rare eye cancer called ocular melanoma. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "These Charlotte-area ZIP codes have unusually high cancer rates," 21 June 2018 Iconic former Missouri State women’s basketball star Jackie Stiles, now a coach with the school, on Thursday issued an update on her battle with ocular melanoma. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "An upbeat update from Jackie Stiles as she battles cancer," 25 Jan. 2018 These drops can be bad news for your eyes, Tatevik Movsisyan, O.D., M.S., assistant clinical professor of advanced ocular care and primary care clinics at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Mistakes You're Making With Your Eyes," 4 Apr. 2018 The researchers also recorded activity from the ocular tectum, a brain area involved in basic visual processing in owls and many other vertebrates. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Owls See the World Much Like We Do," 3 July 2018 Of these, 32,000 aged between 40 and 69 had provided information pertinent to the study, namely ocular scans and relevant scores from cognitive tests. The Economist, "The eye's structure holds information about the health of the mind," 28 June 2018 Unfortunately, doctors don't know exactly what causes rosacea, and the same goes for ocular rosacea. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Bloodshot Eyes Are Actually Ocular Rosacea," 6 June 2018 The exact cause of ocular melanoma is still unknown. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Group of rare eye cancer cases baffles experts," 1 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ocular

: of or relating to the eye


oc·​u·​lar | \ˈä-kyə-lər \

Kids Definition of ocular

: of or relating to the eye or eyesight ocular diseases


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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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