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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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 Chlamydia conjunctivitis is an eye infection that happens due to the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis, which is also behind the more well-known genital infections. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "So, You Got Semen in Your Eye. Here's What to Do," 1 Mar. 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 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said adenovirus type 3, 4 and 7 are most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease or conjunctivitis. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Hospital outbreak linked to eye exam killed newborn, family's lawsuit claims," 31 Aug. 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 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

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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 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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