[ ok-yuh-loh-moh-ter ]
/ ˌɒk yə loʊˈmoʊ tər /


moving or tending to move the eyeball: an oculomotor muscle.

Origin of oculomotor

First recorded in 1880–85; oculo- + motor
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Examples from the Web for oculomotor

  • Other cranial nerves, particularly the oculomotor and the hypoglossal, may also be implicated.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Is there anatomical evidence that the ganglia of origin of the oculomotor and trochlear nerves represent many ganglia?

    The Origin of Vertebrates|Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • Dohrn alone, as far as I know, as already pointed out, insists upon the multiple character of the oculomotor nerve.

    The Origin of Vertebrates|Walter Holbrook Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for oculomotor


/ (ˌɒkjʊləʊˈməʊtə) /


relating to or causing eye movements

Word Origin for oculomotor

C19: from oculo- + motor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for oculomotor


[ ŏk′yə-lō-mōtər ]


Relating to or causing movements of the eyeball.
Of or relating to the oculomotor nerve.
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