radial keratotomy

noun
radial ker·​a·​tot·​o·​my | \ -ˌker-ə-ˈtä-tə-mē How to pronounce radial keratotomy (audio) \

Definition of radial keratotomy

: a surgical operation on the cornea for the correction of myopia that involves flattening it by making a series of incisions in a radial pattern resembling the spokes of a wheel — compare photorefractive keratectomy

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Recent Examples on the Web Optometrists are still banned under the new law from doing cataract surgery and radial keratotomy surgery, and selling prescription drugs. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas' high court says count signatures on eye issue," 13 Dec. 2019

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Radial keratotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radial%20keratotomy. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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radial keratotomy

noun

Medical Definition of radial keratotomy

: a surgical operation on the cornea for the correction of myopia that involves flattening the cornea by making a series of incisions in a radial pattern resembling the spokes of a wheel abbreviation RK — compare photorefractive keratectomy

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