radial keratotomy


noun Ophthalmology.

a surgical technique for correcting nearsightedness by making a series of spokelike incisions in the cornea to change its shape and focusing properties.

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Origin of radial keratotomy

First recorded in 1975–80; kerato- + -tomy

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British Dictionary definitions for radial keratotomy

radial keratotomy

noun

an operation designed to improve short-sightedness in which a number of cuts are made around the cornea to change the shape of it

Word Origin for radial keratotomy

C20: from kerato- + -tomy

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Medicine definitions for radial keratotomy

radial keratotomy

n.

Surgical modification of corneal curvature to correct myopia by making symmetrical incisions into but not through the cornea.

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Science definitions for radial keratotomy

radial keratotomy

[kĕr′ə-tŏtə-mē]

A surgical procedure consisting of a radial pattern of corneal incisions, performed to reduce or correct myopia.
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