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Pronunciation: ap′lan-ā′shŭn

Definition: In tonometry, the flattening of the cornea by pressure. Intraocular pressure is directly proportional to external pressure, and inversely proportional to the area flattened.

[L. ad, toward, + planum, plane]

See Also: applanation tonometer

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