oph·​thal·​mol·​o·​gist | \ ˌäf-thə(l)-ˈmä-lə-jist How to pronounce ophthalmologist (audio) , ˌäp-, -ˌthal- \

Definition of ophthalmologist

: a physician who specializes in ophthalmology — compare optician, optometrist

Examples of ophthalmologist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Li, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist, contracted the virus while treating patients, and his death was confirmed early Friday. Washington Post, "AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST," 8 Feb. 2020 Mr Li, an ophthalmologist at a hospital in the city, had been summoned by officers after sharing information through WeChat, a social-media platform, about a new coronavirus that few people then knew about. The Economist, "Mourning for a medic Li Wenliang’s death is a new crisis for China’s rulers," 7 Feb. 2020 Paul, an ophthalmologist, recently opened another office that is an easy drive from the house. Kelsey Murrietta, azcentral, "Comfortable, Christmas-y home in Scottsdale's Silverleaf community. Take a look," 19 Dec. 2019 Li Wenliang, a young ophthalmologist based in Wuhan, had captivated the country and his illness triggered an extraordinary outpouring of emotion. Stu Woo, WSJ, "American Citizen Diagnosed With Coronavirus Dies in China," 8 Feb. 2020 The death late Thursday of Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist who tried to share news about the new coronavirus long before Chinese health authorities disclosed its full threat, only to be silenced by police, sparked widespread anger online. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Coronavirus live updates: Death of whistleblower doctor unleashes fury in China; more trouble for cruise passengers," 7 Feb. 2020 The ophthalmologist had tried to warn his colleagues about the deadly new respiratory virus in online chat forums. NBC News, "Coronavirus updates: 8 more Americans diagnosed on cruise ship as death toll hits 638," 6 Feb. 2020 The new law allows optometrists to perform several procedures that previously only ophthalmologists could perform, including injections around the eye, the removal of lesions from the eyelids and certain laser eye surgeries. USA TODAY, "Animatronic groundhog, coalfield crayfish, Old Bay sauce: News from around our 50 states," 30 Jan. 2020 Located in the sought-after Townsend House, the apartment originally belonged to ophthalmologist Herbert Katzin and his family (Katzin would go on to achieve acclaim for introducing intraocular lens implants to China). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Midcentury Apartment Is a Modernist's Time-Warp Dream," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ophthalmologist

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ophthalmologist

ophthalmology + -ist entry 1

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26 Feb 2020

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“Ophthalmologist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophthalmologist. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ophthalmologist

medical : a doctor who studies and treats problems and diseases of the eye


oph·​thal·​mol·​o·​gist | \ ˌäf-thə(l)-ˈmäl-ə-jəst How to pronounce ophthalmologist (audio) , ˌäp- How to pronounce ophthalmologist (audio) , -ˌthal- \

Medical Definition of ophthalmologist

: a physician who specializes in ophthalmology — compare optician sense 2, optometrist

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