Anatomy. noting or pertaining to various anatomical structures in or about the eye.
pertaining to cilia.

Origin of ciliary

First recorded in 1685–95; cili(a) + -ary
Related formsin·ter·cil·i·ar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ciliary

Historical Examples of ciliary

  • It is probable that the secretion from the glandular zone of the ciliary body is increased.



  • Whilst the embryos were still in the egg Leuckart could see no ciliary motion.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • The accommodation is, in fact, brought about by the action of the ciliary muscle.

  • Most remarkable of all was the ciliary muscle which held the capacity of contracting the lens for distant vision.

  • The ciliary muscle and the ligamentum pectinatum are both derived from the mesoblast between the cornea and the iris.

British Dictionary definitions for ciliary



of or relating to cilia
of or relating to the ciliary body
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ciliary in Medicine




Of, relating to, or resembling cilia.
Of or relating to the ciliary body and associated structures of the eye.
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