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

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

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For the last decade, the role of the microbiome in ocular health was controversial. Scientific American, "Meet the Eye Microbiome," 23 June 2019 Multiple ocular colobomas are relatively common in snow leopards and can cause abnormalities to parts of the eye including the eyelids, iris and optic nerves, according to the zoo. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Snow leopard cub born at Akron Zoo," 5 June 2019 In about 50% of ocular melanoma cases, the cancer spreads, or metastasizes, to the liver. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Group of rare eye cancer cases baffles experts," 1 May 2018 These exams include a number of procedures to assess both your eyesight and ocular health, including pupil dilation to see the optic nerve and retina and a thorough look at the front of your eye to look for things like cataracts or cornea scratches. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Exactly How Often You Really Need to See Different Kinds of Doctors," 17 Jan. 2019 Protect against vision loss: Just one cup of kale has more than your whole day's worth of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, which help shield ocular tissues from harmful UV damage and may reduce your risk of cataracts. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Kale Is Actually One of the Healthiest Things You Can Eat," 17 Dec. 2018 Diabetic eye disease is an umbrella term used to describe several ocular health conditions. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is How Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyes," 8 Nov. 2018 Bodily fluids including urine, sweat, saliva, ocular fluids like tears, and interstitial fluids, which bathe cells, also contain glucose and are easier to get to than blood. Deborah Gage, WSJ, "Wearable Health Monitors: Do They Work?," 16 Sep. 2018 As a foreign body, contacts can irritate and dry out your eyes no matter how great your ocular health typically is. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Possible Reasons Your Contacts Feel So Scratchy," 8 Aug. 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

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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