photorefractive keratectomy

noun

pho·​to·​re·​frac·​tive ker·​a·​tec·​to·​my ˌfō-tō-ri-ˌfrak-tiv-ˌker-ə-ˈtek-tə-mē How to pronounce photorefractive keratectomy (audio)
: surgical removal of part of the corneal surface using an excimer laser in order to correct for myopia compare radial keratotomy

Examples of photorefractive keratectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When surgery is needed, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is more commonly performed on children than LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery. Dagny Zhu, Verywell Health, 26 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photorefractive keratectomy was in 1986

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Medical Definition

photorefractive keratectomy

noun
pho·​to·​re·​frac·​tive keratectomy -ri-ˌfrak-tiv- How to pronounce photorefractive keratectomy (audio)
: surgical ablation of part of the corneal surface using an excimer laser in order to correct for myopia
abbreviation PRK
compare radial keratotomy
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