ocular

1 of 2

adjective

oc·​u·​lar ˈä-kyə-lər How to pronounce ocular (audio)
1
a
: done or perceived by the eye
ocular inspection
b
: based on what has been seen
ocular testimony
2
a
: of or relating to the eye
ocular muscles
b
: resembling an eye in form or function

ocular

2 of 2

noun

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 same man was found to have given five middle-aged white women in southwest Michigan ocular syphilis. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 Severe disease usually takes one of three forms: ocular, meningoencephalitis, or hemorrhagic. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 12 Jan. 2024 New eyewear companies will offer lenses that distort the ability for cameras to easily capture your ocular biometric information, and pairs of glasses will come with prosthetic extensions to alter your nose and cheek shapes. Joy Buolamwini, WIRED, 8 Jan. 2024 Francisco invented the ocular harpsichord, but its purpose is fulfilled only when a passerby strikes the keys. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2024 This ocular syphilis cluster is also the first one documented as being linked by heterosexual transmission. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023 The lizard accomplishes this by upping its internal blood pressure tremendously, rupturing blood vessels around its eyes and causing its ocular sinuses to bulge and swell. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 14 Dec. 2023 The compound eyes of an insect are structurally very different from that of a human—almost a separate category of organ altogether from the more familiar ocular arrangement of lens, cornea, iris, and retina. IEEE Spectrum, 24 Nov. 2023 And in July 2022, Patient E was admitted to the hospital with ocular syphilis and neurosyphilis, again naming the same partner as the other cases. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023
Noun
Proton therapy has been shown to be beneficial for certain uncommon ocular and brain cancers, and especially for treating children like Jonathan, whose developing tissues can be highly sensitive to stray radiation. Keith Epstein, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2014 Michelle worked as a mechanic on homes and military vehicles, and has been diagnosed with ocular and breast cancer. Rose Minutaglio, ELLE, 14 Oct. 2022 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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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Late Latin ocularis of eyes, from Latin oculus eye

First Known Use

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ocular was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Ocular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocular. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ocular

1 of 2 adjective
oc·​u·​lar ˈäk-yə-lər How to pronounce ocular (audio)
: of or relating to the eye or the eyesight

ocular

2 of 2 noun

Medical Definition

ocular

1 of 2 adjective
oc·​u·​lar ˈäk-yə-lər How to pronounce ocular (audio)
: of or relating to the eye
the ocular adnexa include the eyelids and the lacrimal glands

ocular

2 of 2 noun

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