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oculo-

  1. a combining form meaning “eye,” “ocular,” used in the formation of compound words:

    oculomotor.



oculo-

combining_form

  1. indicating the eye

    oculomotor



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Word History and Origins

Origin of oculo-1

Combining form of Latin oculus eye; -o-
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Word History and Origins

Origin of oculo-1

from Latin oculus eye
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Example Sentences

Consequently, a unilateral accommodation paresis is almost invariably associated with pareses of some of the oculo-motor muscles.

Paralysis of oculo-motor nerves is thus a common cause of defects of association in the movements of the double eye.

Item ad idem, Matthi quinto: Dictum est antiquis: Oculum pro oculo etc.

Ptosis and lateral squint, with a fixed and dilated pupil, indicates pressure on the oculo-motor nerve of the same side.

Julius Placentinus: de oculo etauditude oculo et visioneFabricius Aquapendente.

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Words That Use Oculo-

What does oculo- mean?

Oculo- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “eye” or “ocular,” a term that means “of or relating to the eye.” It is used in some medical terms, especially in anatomy and pathology.

Oculo- comes from the Latin oculus, meaning “eye.” See more about oculus at our entry for the word. The Greek word for “eye” is ophthalmós, source of the combining form ophthalmo-. Related to ophthalmós is ṓps, Greek for “eye” or “face,” and source of such combining forms as -opia, -opsia, and opto-.

What are variants of oculo-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, oculo- becomes ocul-, as in oculist.

Examples of oculo-

One example of a medical term that features the combining form oculo- is oculomotor, “moving or tending to move the eyeball,” as in oculomotor muscles.

We know that oculo- means “eye.” The motor part of the word has a specific meaning in medical terms: it means “causing or producing motion,” especially used of nerves and muscles. So, oculomotor has a literal sense of “making the eye move.”

What are some words that use the combining form oculo-?

What are some other forms that oculo- may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The word nasal means “of or relating to the nose.” With this in mind, what parts of the body does something oculonasal involve?

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