or phak·o·e·mul·si·fi·ca·tion

[ fak-oh-i-muhl-suh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌfæk oʊ ɪˌmʌl sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun Surgery.

the removal of a cataract by first liquefying the affected lens with ultrasonic vibrations and then extracting it by suction.

Origin of phacoemulsification

phaco- (< Greek phako-, combining form of phakós lentil; see lens) + emulsification Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for phacoemulsification


[ făk′ō-ĭ-mŭl′sə-fĭ-kāshən ]


Removal of a cataract by emulsifying the lens ultrasonically.

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