oph·​thal·​mol·​o·​gy | \ ˌäf-thə(l)-ˈmä-lə-jē How to pronounce ophthalmology (audio) , ˌäp-, -ˌthal- \

Definition of ophthalmology

: a branch of medical science dealing with the structure, functions, and diseases of the eye

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Other Words from ophthalmology

ophthalmologic \ ˌäf-​thə(l)-​mə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce ophthalmologic (audio) , ˌäp-​ , -​ˌthal-​ \ or ophthalmological \ ˌäf-​thə(l)-​mə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce ophthalmological (audio) , ˌäp-​ , -​ˌthal-​ \ adjective
ophthalmologically \ ˌäf-​thə(l)-​mə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ophthalmologically (audio) , ˌäp-​ , -​ˌthal-​ \ adverb

Examples of ophthalmology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This ophthalmology, cornea subspecialty and LASIK firm based in Dallas says its practice performs more cornea transplant procedures than any other practice in the Southern region. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Cornea Associates of Texas PA," 12 Nov. 2020 The US Food and Drug Administration has approved several AI imaging products in recent years, including two AI tools for ophthalmology. Will Knight, Wired, "AI Can Help Diagnose Some Illnesses—if Your Country Is Rich," 11 Oct. 2020 Roy was the author of more than 40 books on topics ranging from ophthalmology to history, architecture and religion, as well as a philanthropist and an award-winning advocate for historic preservation, according to the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Arkansas Online, "Ophthalmologist, ex-director, author Roy of Little Rock dies at 83," 10 Oct. 2020 The application of computer vision to medical imagery is having a massive impact in everything from ophthalmology to mammography. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Which A.I. planet do you live on?," 6 Oct. 2020 Senior residents from urology, orthopedics, surgery, and ophthalmology have been drafted to be interns on the medicine service. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, "A Bellevue Doctor’s Pandemic Diary," 1 Oct. 2020 My sister-in-law was recently advised to call a doctor whom many believe to be the leading authority in neuro-ophthalmology. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Is It OK to Use Connections to Jump the Line for a Specialist?," 29 Sep. 2020 At least 30 people suffered eye injuries during protests in late spring, according to a study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the University of California-San Francisco’s ophthalmology department. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "'Protests shouldn’t end in people being blinded': Cities, states begin to ban police use of rubber bullets," 4 Sep. 2020 Uveitis is a leading cause of complications after cataract surgery in dogs, Scott says, and the management of postoperative inflammation inside the eye is a major challenge in both veterinary and human ophthalmology. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Turmeric and canine uveitis: Not so far-fetched," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of ophthalmology

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ophthalmology

borrowed from German Ophthalmologie, from ophthalmo- ophthalmo- + -logie -logy

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The first known use of ophthalmology was circa 1842

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25 Nov 2020

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“Ophthalmology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophthalmology. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ophthalmology

medical : the study of the structure, functions, and diseases of the eye


oph·​thal·​mol·​o·​gy | \ -ˈmäl-ə-jē How to pronounce ophthalmology (audio) \
plural ophthalmologies

Medical Definition of ophthalmology

: a branch of medical science dealing with the structure, functions, and diseases of the eye

Other Words from ophthalmology

ophthalmologic \ -​mə-​ˈläj-​ik How to pronounce ophthalmologic (audio) \ or ophthalmological \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce ophthalmological (audio) \ adjective
ophthalmologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ophthalmologically (audio) \ adverb

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