[ ret-n-os-kuh-pee, ret-n-uh-skoh-pee ]
/ ˌrɛt nˈɒs kə pi, ˈrɛt n əˌskoʊ pi /

noun Ophthalmology.

an objective method of determining the refractive error of an eye.

Origin of retinoscopy

First recorded in 1880–85; retin(a) + -o- + -scopy

OTHER WORDS FROM retinoscopy

ret·i·no·scop·ic [ret-n-uh-skop-ik] /ˌrɛt n əˈskɒp ɪk/, adjectiveret·i·no·scop·i·cal·ly, adverbret·i·nos·co·pist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for retinoscopy

/ (ˌrɛtɪˈnɒskəpɪ) /


ophthalmol a procedure for detecting errors of refraction in the eye by means of an instrument (retinoscope) that reflects a beam of light from a mirror into the eye. Diagnosis is made by observing the areas of shadow and the direction in which the light moves when the mirror is rotatedAlso called: skiascopy, shadow test

Derived forms of retinoscopy

retinoscopic (ˌrɛtɪnəˈskɒpɪk), adjectiveretinoscopically, adverbretinoscopist, noun
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Medical definitions for retinoscopy

[ rĕt′n-ŏskə-pē ]


A method of detecting errors of refraction of the eye by illuminating the retina and noting the direction of movement of the light on the retinal surface.pupilloscopy shadow test skiascopy

Other words from retinoscopy

ret′i•no•scopic (-ə-skŏpĭk) adj.
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