ciliary [sil-ee-er-ee] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. Anatomy. noting or pertaining to various anatomical structures in or about the eye.
  2. pertaining to cilia.

Origin of ciliary First recorded in 1685–95; cili(a) + -ary Related formsin·ter·cil·i·ar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for ciliary Historical Examples of ciliary

  • It is probable that the secretion from the glandular zone of the ciliary body is increased.



  • Whilst the embryos were still in the egg Leuckart could see no ciliary motion.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • The accommodation is, in fact, brought about by the action of the ciliary muscle.

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    William Garnett

  • Most remarkable of all was the ciliary muscle which held the capacity of contracting the lens for distant vision.

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    Zane Grey

  • The ciliary muscle and the ligamentum pectinatum are both derived from the mesoblast between the cornea and the iris.

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    Francis Maitland Balfour

  • British Dictionary definitions for ciliary ciliary adjective

    1. of or relating to cilia
    2. of or relating to the ciliary body

    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 ciliary in Medicine ciliary [sĭl′ē-ĕr′ē] adj.

    1. Of, relating to, or resembling cilia.
    2. Of or relating to the ciliary body and associated structures of the eye.

    The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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