con·​junc·​ti·​vi·​tis | \ kən-ˌjəŋ(k)-ti-ˈvī-təs How to pronounce conjunctivitis (audio) \

Definition of conjunctivitis

: inflammation of the conjunctiva

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Recent Examples on the Web Of those that do, fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes) are the most common symptoms of Zika virus. Rob Picheta, CNN, "First native Zika cases in Europe confirmed as experts warn climate change could bring more," 7 Nov. 2019 Early symptoms include a mild to moderate fever, dry cough, runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis) — all of which will last two or three days. oregonlive, "Measles or flu? Know the symptoms," 17 Oct. 2019 The other two types of conjunctivitis are less common. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "What Exactly Is Pink Eye, and How Do You Treat It?," 26 July 2019 Measles typically begins with a mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis or red, watery eyes, the letter said. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "New Zealand teen with measles may have exposed hundreds at Disneyland and other tourist destinations," 24 Aug. 2019 In a recent study spanning more than a decade and including more than over 340,000 patients in the U.S., the authors found that antibiotics were used to treat 60% of acute conjunctivitis (pink eye) cases. Scientific American, "Meet the Eye Microbiome," 23 June 2019 Measles symptoms appear roughly seven to 14 days after a person is infected and initially include a high fever, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Measles Q&A: Disease Is Serious, but Preventable," 9 Apr. 2019 Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis. Mike Catalini, The Seattle Times, "19th case confirmed in viral outbreak that killed 7," 25 Oct. 2018 Some cause gastroenteritis or bladder infections while others cause conjunctivitis (pinkeye). Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A look at the virus behind seven deaths at a New Jersey facility," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of conjunctivitis

1835, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2019

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“Conjunctivitis.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce conjunctivitis (audio) \

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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