pink eye

\ˈpiŋk-ˌī \
variants: or pinkeye

Definition of pink eye 

: conjunctivitis especially : contagious conjunctivitis typically caused by a virus or bacterium

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Rafa and Leo with the flu, Carmen came home from school with pink eye. Alexia Fernandez,, "Hilaria Baldwin Has Pneumonia 8 Days After Giving Birth to Son Romeo: 'It's Been Tough'," 25 May 2018 Allergic conjunctivitis is actually a form of pink eye, which happens when something irritates your conjunctiva, the delicate membrane that covers your eyes and insides of your eyelids. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Health Issues That Can Cause Sensitivity to Light," 5 June 2018 The organization specifically highlights three eye conditions that people with eyelid eczema should have on their radar: pink eye, keratitis, and keratoconus. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do About Eczema on Your Eyelid," 3 July 2018 The team arranged for Lancaster to see a different doctor, who said Lancaster did not have pink eye. Matt Breen,, "How Lasik surgery saved a Phillies draft pick's career," 20 June 2018 The signs of many of these conditions mimic pink eye: think pain, swelling, redness, and discharge. Isadora Baum,, "4 Places You Can Get an STI—Besides Your Vagina," 29 May 2018 Baldwin, who revealed on Instagram that she was diagnosed with pneumonia eight days after having her baby, also shared that her two other sons have the flu, and her daughter Carmen has pink eye. Korin Miller, SELF, "Hilaria Baldwin Is Trying to Keep Her Newborn Healthy While the Majority of Her Family Is Sick," 29 May 2018 In addition to her own health woes, Baldwin’s two other sons, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 20 months, and Rafael Thomas, 3 next month, have also been sick with the flu, while her oldest, daughter Carmen Gabriela, 4½, suffered from a bout of pink eye. Maria Pasquini,, "Hilaria Baldwin Gives Update on Her Family's Health While Breastfeeding Newborn Son," 28 May 2018 Albino animals lack pigmentation because of a genetic mutation and therefore have white hair and pink eyes, noses and skin. Samantha Drake,, "Albino animals are at such risk that people built an island to protect one orangutan," 11 May 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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pink·eye | \ˈpiŋk-ˌī \

Kids Definition of pinkeye

: a contagious infection that causes the eye and inner part of the eyelid to become red and sore

pink eye

variants: or pinkeye \ˈpiŋ-ˌkī \

Medical Definition of pink eye 

: conjunctivitis especially : contagious conjunctivitis typically caused by a virus or bacterium

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