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Definition of conjunctivitis

: inflammation of the conjunctiva

Examples of conjunctivitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, can also spread since the fabric comes into contact with the face and eyes. Ada Wood, CNN, 2 Oct. 2021 House finch conjunctivitis, for example, started in the eastern U.S. in the early '90s and spread its way to Indiana in the 2000s. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Aug. 2021 Fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes) are the most common symptoms. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 27 May 2021 Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems cropped up in 13.9% of the young patients, while skin rashes, conjunctivitis and other dermatological symptoms affected 8.1%. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 The American Academy of Ophthalmology has also said that the coronavirus can cause conjunctivitis. Claire Gillespie,, 18 Feb. 2021 The living cats found by police showed signs of leukemia, conjunctivitis, upper respiratory infection or other infections, said a veterinarian who had responded to the scene. Taylor Deville,, 7 Dec. 2020 Treated for conjunctivitis and other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection, this cute kitty now has some permanent conditions as a result, as is evidenced with her unique eyes. The Arizona Republic, 13 Nov. 2020 In a small study of 38 people with COVID-19 in China published way back in March, about a third of those patients had ocular symptoms, including conjunctivitis. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of conjunctivitis

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conjunctivitis was in 1835

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English Language Learners Definition of conjunctivitis

: a disease that causes the eye to become pink and sore


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Medical Definition of conjunctivitis

: inflammation of the conjunctiva that is typically marked by pinkness or redness of the sclera and by itching, burning, irritation, discharge, or excessive tearing of the eye and that is typically caused by pathogenic microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses), allergens, or irritants — see pink eye

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