cornea

noun
cor·​nea | \ ˈkȯr-nē-ə How to pronounce cornea (audio) \

Definition of cornea

: the transparent part of the coat of the eyeball that covers the iris and pupil and admits light to the interior — see eye illustration

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Other Words from cornea

corneal \ ˈkȯr-​nē-​əl How to pronounce corneal (audio) \ adjective

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Occasionally, the mice suffered from cloudy corneas from the injections, but these symptoms cleared up within a week. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Nanoinjections Let Mice See Infrared Light," 4 Mar. 2019 Your doctor may also put a dye called fluorescein into your eyeball to temporarily tint abnormal, infected areas of your cornea (the dome of thin tissue covering part of your eye). Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "So, You Got Semen in Your Eye. Here's What to Do," 1 Mar. 2019 Subsequent videos show dozens of men, women and children lying lifeless on the ground with foam coming from their mouths and nostrils and what appear to be burned corneas. David E. Sanger And Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "A Hard Lesson in Syria: Assad Can Still Gas His Own People," 14 Apr. 2018 An already-limited air flow, exacerbated by your contacts being left in, can cause swelling and small tears in the cornea that leave it vulnerable. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "'Today' Anchor Craig Melvin Got a Corneal Ulcer From Sleeping in His Contacts," 20 Sep. 2018 Her ability to compete in the track-and-field championships is uncertain because eggshell fragments injured her cornea. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy: Black athlete's injury among cases probed for racism," 31 July 2018 Her ability to compete in the track-and-field championships is uncertain because eggshell fragments injured her cornea. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy: Black athlete's injury among cases probed for racism," 31 July 2018 Her ability to compete in the track-and-field championships is uncertain because eggshell fragments injured her cornea. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy: Black athlete's injury among cases probed for racism," 31 July 2018 Her ability to compete in the track-and-field championships is uncertain because eggshell fragments injured her cornea. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy: Black athlete's injury among cases probed for racism," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of cornea

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cornea

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin (short for cornea tēla "horny web," cornea tunica "horny covering," translating Greek kerātoeidḕs chitṓn), from feminine of Latin corneus "horny" — more at corneous

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cornea

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cornea

technical : the clear outer covering of the eyeball

cornea

noun
cor·​nea | \ ˈkȯr-nē-ə How to pronounce cornea (audio) \

Kids Definition of cornea

: the transparent outer layer of the front of the eye covering the pupil and iris

cornea

noun
cor·​nea | \ ˈkȯr-nē-ə How to pronounce cornea (audio) \

Medical Definition of cornea

: the transparent part of the coat of the eyeball that covers the iris and pupil and admits light to the interior

Other Words from cornea

corneal \ -​əl How to pronounce corneal (audio) \ adjective

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