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ciliary muscle

noun, Anatomy
the smooth muscle in the ciliary body, the action of which affects the accommodation of the eye.
1875-80 Unabridged
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ciliary muscle in Medicine

ciliary muscle n.
A smooth muscle of the ciliary body of the eye, consisting of circular fibers and radiating fibers, and whose action changes the shape of lens in the process of accommodation.

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Encyclopedia Article for ciliary muscle

ciliaris muscle

muscle of the ciliary body of the eye, between the sclera (white of the eye) and the fine ligaments that suspend the lens. It is composed of both longitudinal and circular fibres and serves to change the shape of the lens, enabling the eye to focus upon near or distant objects.

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