[ foh-toh-koh-ag-yuh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌfoʊ toʊ koʊˌæg yəˈleɪ ʃən /


a surgical technique using an intense beam of light from a laser or a xenon-arc bulb to seal blood vessels or coagulate tissue, used primarily in ophthalmology to repair detached retinas or to treat certain kinds of retinopathy.

Origin of photocoagulation

1960–65; photo- + coagulation

OTHER WORDS FROM photocoagulation

pho·to·co·ag·u·la·tive [foh-toh-koh-ag-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] /ˌfoʊ toʊ koʊˈæg yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for photocoagulation

[ fō′tō-kō-ăg′yə-lāshən ]


Surgical coagulation of tissue by means of intense light energy, such as a laser, performed to destroy abnormal tissues or to form adhesive scars, especially in ophthalmology.

Other words from photocoagulation

pho′to•co•agu•late′ v.
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