The practice of diagnosing disease by examining the iris of the eye. Although some diseases do affect the eye, iridology is not considered scientific medicine.
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A hypothetical non–evidence-based system of medicine based on an examination of the iris, using a chart on which certain areas of the iris are presumed diagnostically specific for particular organs, systems, and structures. [irido- + G. logos, study]

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ir·i·dol·o·gy .ī-rə-'däl-ə-jē n, pl -gies the study of the iris of the eye for indications of bodily health and disease

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iri·dol·o·gy (ir″ĭ-dolґə-je) [irido- + -logy] a diagnostic technique based on the premise that early pathologic changes elsewhere in the body are reflected in the iris before disease becomes clinically apparent; an analysis of a person's state of health may be made by visual examination of the iris, with the color, density, and position of deposited pigment helping to identify the pathologic process and the organ involved.

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  • Iridology — Infobox Pseudoscience topics= * Medicine claims= * Patterns, colors, and other characteristics of the iris hold information about a patient s systemic health. origyear=1665 origprop=Philippus Meyeus currentprop=Iridology (also known as… …   Wikipedia

  • iridology — noun (plural gies) Date: 1916 the study of the iris of the eye for indications of bodily health and disease • iridologist noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • iridology — iridologist, n. /ir i dol euh jee, uy ri /, n., pl. iridologies. the inspection of the iris of the eye as an aid in determining a person s state of health or in diagnosing a health problem. [1920 25; IRIDO + LOGY] * * * …   Universalium

  • iridology — noun A form of alternative medicine involving the diagnosis of body ailments through the examination of the iris of the human eye …   Wiktionary

  • iridology — study of the iris; diagnosis of disease based on the iris of the eye Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • iridology — n. study of the iris of the eye to detect bodily disorders and diseases; technique in alternative medicine by which different bodily disorders can be diagnosed by examining the structure of the iris of the eye …   English contemporary dictionary

  • iridology — [ˌʌɪrɪ dɒlədʒi, ˌɪrɪ ] noun (in alternative medicine) diagnosis by examination of the iris of the eye. Derivatives iridologist noun Origin early 20th cent.: from Gk iris, irid iris + logy …   English new terms dictionary

  • iridology — ir·i·dol·o·gy …   English syllables

  • iridology — ir•i•dol•o•gy [[t]ˌɪr ɪˈdɒl ə dʒi[/t]] n. pl. gies med examination of the iris of the eye as a primary diagnostic aid • Etymology: 1920–25 ir i•dol′o•gist, n …   From formal English to slang

  • iridology — /ɪrəˈdɒlədʒi / (say iruh doluhjee) noun a technique based on the belief that examination of the iris of the eye provides evidence of pathological changes in the body. {irid , stem of Greek iris iris + o + logy} –iridologist, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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