noun (formerly)

Nearby words

  1. ocular vertigo,
  2. ocular vesicle,
  3. ocularist,
  4. ocularly,
  5. oculate,
  6. oculo-,
  7. oculoauriculovertebral dysplasia,
  8. oculocerebrorenal syndrome,
  9. oculocutaneous,
  10. oculodentodigital dysplasia

Origin of oculist

From the French word oculiste, dating back to 1605–15. See ocul-, -ist

Related formsoc·u·lis·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for oculist



med a former term for ophthalmologist

Word Origin for oculist

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.)).

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Medicine definitions for oculist




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

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