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 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,, "Middle River couple living with 220 dead and living animals sentenced to serve jail time, pay restitution," 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, "Prada and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 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, "Can Pink Eye Be a Symptom of COVID-19? The V.P. Debate Has People Wondering," 8 Oct. 2020 But others have experienced aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin, or discoloration of their fingers or toes. Natasha Khan And James Hookway, WSJ, "Trump Tests Positive for Covid: Here’s What Happens Next," 2 Oct. 2020 Less common are aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, loss of taste or smell, skin rash or discoloration of fingers or toes. Julie Washington, cleveland, "President Trump’s age, gender put him at risk for severe coronavirus," 2 Oct. 2020 Wildfire smoke causes issues from inflammation of the eyes (conjunctivitis) and runny nose (rhinitis) and cough to more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, Barbour said. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Animals’ health care a post-wildfire priority," 26 Sep. 2020 Young patients can develop a persistent fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, conjunctivitis, cardiac damage and shock. Ritu Banerjee, The Conversation, "What we know about MIS-C, a rare but dangerous illness striking children weeks after they get COVID-19," 9 Sep. 2020 Eye, Nose and Throat Runny nose and conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the membranes lining the eyeball and eyelids. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "‘Really Diabolical’: Inside the Coronavirus That Outsmarted Science," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of conjunctivitis

1835, in the meaning defined above

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19 Dec 2020

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“Conjunctivitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conjunctivitis

medical : 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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