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

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The Red Bank Road location has offered other care to Cincinnati Zoo animals including cardiology, ophthalmology and radiology. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Caturday news: Cincinnati Zoo tiger Chira has seizures, so she gets an MRI," 12 July 2019 The organization has promoted what Dr. Bath called community ophthalmology, which advances optic health through grass-roots screenings, treatments and education. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Dr. Patricia Bath, 76, Who Took On Blindness and Earned a Patent, Dies," 4 June 2019 It's also considered high performing in cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and pulmonary and lung surgery. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "UT Southwestern ranks as top hospital in North Texas. Here's how its competitors compare," 29 July 2019 In 1983, she was appointed chairwoman of the ophthalmology residency training program at UCLA and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Washington Post, "Patricia Bath, trailblazing ophthalmologist who invented cataracts treatment, dies at 76," 5 June 2019 Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Robert A. Harvey, and ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Gary I. Aguilar are donating their time to perform the surgeries and follow-up care in San Francisco. Jane Tyska, The Mercury News, "Local Richmond domestic abuse survivor helps victim of Ethiopian acid attack," 23 June 2019 In the 1980s, Bath joined in researching the use of lasers in ophthalmology. NBC News, "Cataract treatment inventor Dr. Patricia Bath dies at 76," 5 June 2019 The lead author, Dr. Denize Atan, a consultant senior lecturer in ophthalmology at the University of Bristol, said the mechanism is unknown but may have something to do with reduced exposure to natural daylight. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Highly Educated, Very Nearsighted?," 6 June 2018 Case report co-author Dr. Rony Sayegh, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, said he's never seen a case of sclera discoloration due to minocycline before. Rachael Rettner, Fox News, "Why did the whites of this man's eyes turn blue?," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ophthalmology

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

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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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