con·junc·ti·vi·tis | \kən-ˌjəŋ(k)-ti-ˈvī-təs \

Definition of conjunctivitis 

: inflammation of the conjunctiva

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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 The girl reported being struck by another child and has had conjunctivitis, a cough and fever. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "How to Teach Legal Rights to Migrant Children: Games and Coloring," 1 July 2018 Gonzalez-Garcia, at a news conference in Boston on Wednesday said her daughter is fearful and lonely, having been bruised by another child and dealt with a fever and conjunctivitis since being detained. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Migrant mom says officer told her daughter would be removed, wished her happy Mother's Day," 29 June 2018 Adenoidectomy was associated with about double the relative risk of obstructive pulmonary disorder, upper respiratory tract diseases and conjunctivitis. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Tonsillectomy Risks May Outweigh Benefits," 7 June 2018 And redshirt freshman Cade Weldon returned after spending much of spring at home with conjunctivitis, performing well by completing 9 of 12 passes for 113 yards. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "UM spring over. QB Rosier ahead but race 'absolutely' open 'until very bitter end' | Miami Herald," 21 Apr. 2018 Symptoms of measles include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis, or runny nose and usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure. CBS News, "New York State health officials issue measles warning for tri-state area," 22 Apr. 2018 That likely means that redshirt senior quarterback Malik Rosier will not get many snaps Saturday, with redshirt freshman Cade Weldon probably getting some after missing more than two weeks of practice with what Richt has said was conjunctivitis. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "One day left in spring for youngest UM Canes to make their cases to coach Mark Richt | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018 The mix of the glitter texture and definition keeps the eye look from resembling conjunctivitis. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Best Bright-Pink Lipstick for Brunettes," 14 Mar. 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of conjunctivitis

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


con·junc·ti·vi·tis | \kən-ˌjəŋ(k)-ti-ˈvīt-əs \

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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