con·​junc·​ti·​va | \ ˌkän-ˌjəŋ(k)-ˈtī-və How to pronounce conjunctiva (audio) , kən- \
plural conjunctivas or conjunctivae\ ˌkän-​ˌjəŋ(k)-​ˈtī-​(ˌ)vē How to pronounce conjunctivae (audio) , kən-​ \

Definition of conjunctiva

: the mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and is continued over the forepart of the eyeball — see eye illustration

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Other Words from conjunctiva

conjunctival \ ˌkän-​ˌjəŋ(k)-​ˈtī-​vəl How to pronounce conjunctival (audio) , kən-​ \ adjective

Examples of conjunctiva in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conjunctivitis, a highly contagious condition when caused by a virus, is an inflammation of the thin, transparent layer of tissue, called conjunctiva, that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Coronavirus symptoms: 10 key indicators and what to do," 20 Apr. 2020 Even having a deficiency in vitamin A, a nutrient that is essential for the health of your conjunctiva and cornea, can decrease your tear production, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Why Your Eyes Get So Damn Dry—and How to Fix It," 14 Aug. 2018 The eye model, shown in the GIF above, uses cells from a human cornea (dyed yellow) and conjunctiva (dyed red), two of the eye’s outermost layers. Scientific American, "Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You’re Not Goop: This Week’s Best Science GIFs," 9 Aug. 2019 Surfer’s eye and other San Diego hazards Pinguecula and pterygium are growths on the conjunctiva, the clear covering over the white part of the eye. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protect your eyes for life with healthy diet, sun shielding," 24 June 2019 Pink eye is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Signs You’re Way Overdue for an Eye Exam," 25 Oct. 2018 Pink Eye Conjunctivitis, or more commonly known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Back-to-school germs 101: What you need to know," 7 Sep. 2018 Pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, happens when your conjunctiva (the thin, clear tissue lining your eyelids and the whites of your eyes) becomes inflamed. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do About Eczema on Your Eyelid," 3 July 2018 This inflammation of your eyes’ conjunctiva (the thin, clear tissue lining your eyelids and the whites of your eyes) often presents with redness, pain, itching, and a burning sensation. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s How Often You Need to Buy New Mascara to Avoid Eye Infections," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of conjunctiva

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conjunctiva

New Latin, from Late Latin, feminine of conjunctivus conjoining, from Latin conjunctus

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“Conjunctiva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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con·​junc·​ti·​va | \ ˌkän-ˌjəŋ(k)-ˈtī-və, kən- How to pronounce conjunctiva (audio) \
plural conjunctivas or conjunctivae\ -​(ˌ)vē How to pronounce conjunctivae (audio) \

Medical Definition of conjunctiva

: the mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and is continued over the forepart of the eyeball

Other Words from conjunctiva

conjunctival \ -​vəl How to pronounce conjunctival (audio) \ adjective

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