ret·​i·​nop·​a·​thy ˌre-tə-ˈnä-pə-thē How to pronounce retinopathy (audio)
plural retinopathies
: any of various noninflammatory disorders of the retina including some that cause blindness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One recent paper found that substituting an ophthalmologist’s exam for diabetic retinopathy with an FDA-cleared autonomous AI screening could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. Katie Palmer, STAT, 22 Nov. 2022 Valsalva retinopathy is managed conservatively and the patient’s symptoms resolved spontaneously without intervention. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2017 Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the tissue of the retina, at the back of the eye. Dallas News, 16 Feb. 2022 Research suggests that people with lighter colored eyes — and therefore, with less internal protection from outside sources — are more likely to develop macular degeneration, cancer of the eye or diabetic retinopathy. Cari Shane, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2022 Cases of diabetic retinopathy are expected to quadruple by 2050. Dallas News, 16 Feb. 2022 Diabetes triples the risk of heart disease, doubles the risk of depression, causes kidney disease in one-third of patients, and results in advanced retinopathy—bleeding in the retina that damages vision—in up to 30 percent of cases. Dan Hurley, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2010 The toll is growing, partly reflecting an aging population and a high prevalence of diabetes, a precursor to such diseases as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Ron Winslow, WSJ, 4 Sep. 2022 Among her areas of medical specialty are glaucoma, cataract surgery, and diabetic eye disease/retinopathy, according to the website. Emily Sweeney,, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retinopathy was in 1930

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“Retinopathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


ret·​i·​nop·​a·​thy ˌret-ᵊn-ˈäp-ə-thē How to pronounce retinopathy (audio)
plural retinopathies
: any of various noninflammatory disorders of the retina including some that cause blindness
diabetic retinopathy
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