Phacoemulsification
A type of contemporary cataract surgery. Most cataract surgeries today are performed using phacoemulsification, a procedure in which the lens with the cataract is broken up by ultrasound, irrigated, and suctioned out. The word "phakos" in Greek is a "lentil" (a lentil bean). The prefix "phaco-" therefore refers to the lens which is lentil-shaped. .
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A method of emulsifying and aspirating a cataract with a low-frequency ultrasonic needle.

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phaco·emul·si·fi·ca·tion also phako·emul·si·fi·ca·tion .fak-ō-i-.məl-sə-fə-'kā-shən n a cataract operation in which the diseased lens is reduced to a liquid by ultrasonic vibrations and drained out of the eye
phaco·emul·si·fi·er -'məl-sə-.fī(-ə)r n

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n.
the use of a high-frequency ultrasound probe to break up a cataract so that it can be removed through a very small incision. This is now a popular method of performing cataract surgery.

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phaco·emul·si·fi·ca·tion (fak″o-e-mul″sĭ-fĭ-kaґshən) [phaco- + L. emulgēre to milk out] a method of cataract extraction in which the lens is fragmented by ultrasonic vibrations and simultaneously irrigated and aspirated.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • phacoemulsification — n. (Medicine) surgical removal of the lens of the eye by liquefying it and removing it by suction (method for treating cataracts) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • phacoemulsification — phakoemulsification; n. the use of a high frequency ultrasound probe to break up a cataract so that it can be removed through a very small incision. This is now the most popular method of performing cataract surgery in the developed world …   The new mediacal dictionary

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  • phacoemulsification — noun extracapsular surgery for cataracts in which ultrasonic sound breaks the cortex and nucleus of the lens into small fragments that are then vacuumed away through a small tube • Hypernyms: ↑extracapsular surgery * * * /fak oh i mul seuh fi kay …   Useful english dictionary

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