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[ok-yuh-ler] /ˈɒk yə lər/
of, relating to, or for the eyes:
ocular movements.
of the nature of an eye:
an ocular organ.
performed or perceived by the eye or eyesight.
Optics. eyepiece.
Origin of ocular
1565-75; < Latin oculāris, equivalent to ocul(us) eye + -āris -ar1
Related forms
ocularly, adverb
preocular, adjective
subocular, adjective
subocularly, adverb
superocular, adjective
superocularly, adverb
transocular, adjective
unocular, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ocular
  • Eye movement disorders: diplopia, nystagmus, and other ocular oscillations.
  • Underwood endured no elaborate tests, no procedures, no exercises ocular or otherwise.
  • It's as if the film makers had decided that ocular distractions could take the place of lucid plotting.
  • Two electrodes were placed to the side of each eye to monitor ocular movement during different sleep stages.
  • Finding and correcting ocular defects early is essential to lifelong eye health.
  • Both are ocular injections that block the growth of leaky blood vessels.
  • Neuromuscular spindles have not yet been demonstrated in the tongue muscles, and only a few exist in the ocular muscles.
  • New ocular implants are already illuminating colors and shapes, and promise to become far better.
British Dictionary definitions for ocular


of or relating to the eye
another name for eyepiece
Derived Forms
ocularly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin oculāris from oculus eye
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Word Origin and History for ocular

c.1500, from Late Latin ocularis "of the eyes," from Latin oculus "an eye," from PIE root *okw- "to see" (cf. Gothic augo, Old English eage "eye;" see eye (n.)). As a noun, 1835, from the adjective.

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ocular in Medicine

ocular oc·u·lar (ŏk'yə-lər)

  1. Of or relating to the eye or the sense of sight.

  2. Resembling the eye in form or function.

The eyepiece of a microscope.
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ocular in Science
Adjective  Of or relating to the eye or the sense of vision.

Noun  The eyepiece of a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument.
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