keratitis


ker·a·ti·tis

noun \ˌker-ə-ˈtī-təs\
plural ker·a·tit·i·des\-ˈti-tə-ˌdēz\

Definition of KERATITIS

:  inflammation of the cornea of the eye

Origin of KERATITIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1858

ker·a·ti·tis

noun \ˌker-ə-ˈtīt-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ker·a·tit·i·des \-ˈtit-ə-ˌdēz\

Medical Definition of KERATITIS

: inflammation of the cornea of the eye characterized by burning or smarting, blurring of vision, and sensitiveness to light and caused by infectious or noninfectious agents—called also corneitis; compare keratoconjunctivitis

keratitis

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inflammation of the cornea (see eye). The conjunctiva may also be inflamed (keratoconjunctivitis). Depending on the cause, including dryness of the eye (from low tear production or inability to close the eye), chemical or physical injury, or certain diseases, it may or may not cause pain, visual-field defects (including blindness), and damage to the eye.

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