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[ok-yuh-list] /ˈɒk yə lɪst/
noun, (formerly)
Origin of oculist
1605-15; < French oculiste. See ocul-, -ist
Related forms
oculistic, adjective
See eye doctor. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for oculist
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  • I'm not an oculist, but I know one or two of the best men, who have made great reputations since this war.

    Everyman's Land C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • He spent a miserable night, and went next day to Louvain, to see the oculist.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • The oculist Bermont could not recover from his surprise at an event so entirely beyond his science.

  • And then the oculist suggested that we should have a look at Sholto.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • I've heard an oculist say that the eye that doesn't blink ends in blindness, and he who won't bend breaks.

  • She had been to an oculist, who found that the trouble was in her eyes.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Edward was introduced and would have taken his leave, but the oculist detained him.

    Sons and Fathers Harry Stillwell Edwards
  • Dentists are a factor of Zion City, and it is said he also used an oculist.

  • If thats so, about ten million fans in this country have trouble with their eyesight and ought to see an oculist.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
  • The oculist from whom you obtained your lenses will tell you their magnifying power.

British Dictionary definitions for oculist


(med) a former term for ophthalmologist
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin oculus eye
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Word Origin and History for oculist

"eye doctor," 1610s, from French oculiste (16c.), from Latin oculus "an eye" (see eye (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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oculist in Medicine

oculist oc·u·list (ŏk'yə-lĭst)

  1. A physician who specializes in treating diseases of the eyes; an ophthalmologist.

  2. An optometrist.

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