ret·​i·​nop·​a·​thy | \ ˌre-tə-ˈnä-pə-thē How to pronounce retinopathy (audio) \
plural retinopathies

Definition of retinopathy

: any of various noninflammatory disorders of the retina including some that cause blindness

Examples of retinopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year, researchers from Google Health found that a deep-learning system capable of identifying symptoms of diabetic retinopathy with 90% accuracy in the lab caused considerable delays and frustrations when deployed in real life. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "When AI in healthcare goes wrong, who is responsible?," 20 Sep. 2020 Digital Diagnostics developed the first autonomous AI system approved by the U.S. FDA, a tool that can diagnose diabetic retinopathy on eye images. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "STAT Health Tech: Elon Musk’s secretive brain implants startup & Verily’s move into health insurance," 26 Aug. 2020 But there is clear evidence on risks of the drugs, which include everything from headaches, vomiting, and rashes to loss of vision (retinopathy), seizures, hypoglycemia, heart arrhythmias, and deadly heart damage. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19 begins amid political debate," 10 Apr. 2020 The company trained an app with machine learning to diagnose diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness, from photos of patients eyes. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "“Do-something-itis” is the impulse behind all these coronavirus projects," 28 Apr. 2020 Diabetic retinopathy: Poor control of your blood sugar levels can lead to this condition, where high blood sugar levels damage retinal vessels over time. Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, "How to Maintain Good Eye Health, According to Doctors," 13 Mar. 2020 The algorithm was based on one the Google Research team initially developed for detecting diabetic retinopathy from retinal scans, then reconfigured to read CT scans for lung cancer. Alice Park, Time, "Google's AI Bested Doctors in Detecting Breast Cancer in Mammograms," 1 Jan. 2020 The test, sold as IDx-DR, screens patients for diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness, and refers high-risk patients to eye specialists, who make a definitive diagnosis. Scientific American, "Artificial Intelligence Is Rushing Into Patient Care - And Could Raise Risks," 24 Dec. 2019 This is why: Cappelli has the eye disease retinopathy of prematurity. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Connecticut high school runner Lizzy Cappelli may be blind, but she can see life’s possibilities with great clarity," 8 Oct. 2019

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Retinopathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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ret·​i·​nop·​a·​thy | \ ˌret-ᵊn-ˈäp-ə-thē How to pronounce retinopathy (audio) \
plural retinopathies

Medical Definition of retinopathy

: any of various noninflammatory disorders of the retina including some that cause blindness diabetic retinopathy

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