pink eye

noun

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

Examples of pink eye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is an infection of the eyeball. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 4 May 2023 Sharing towels or makeup, touching your eyes, and then making contact with another person can transmit pink eye. Kristin Canning, Health, 30 June 2023 Beauty-wise, Amal looked incredible with her dark brown hair worn down in large luscious curls, plus shimmering light pink eye shadow, rosy blush, and a light pink lip. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 May 2023 For children and adults, the infection is relatively benign, causing a mild fever with rash, conjunctivitis or pink eye, and muscle and joint pain. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 30 Dec. 2015 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, 3 Nov. 2021 Eyes can swell or look similar to pink eye. Lauren Rowello, Health.com, 8 June 2020 Adenoviruses are a large family of viruses, many of which are very common, and are mostly associated with colds, gastrointestinal illnesses, and pink eye. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 20 May 2022 The show ended with a scene in which Cassie is seen wearing a soft pink monochromatic makeup look that has an emphasis on the eyes, which is made apparent through the pink eye shadow and rhinestones on the lower lashline. Sara Miranda, Allure, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pink eye was in 1855

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“Pink eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pink%20eye. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

pinkeye

noun
pink·​eye ˈpiŋ-ˌkī How to pronounce pinkeye (audio)
: a contagious disease in which the inner surface of the eyelid and part of the eyeball become pinkish and sore

Medical Definition

pink eye

noun
variants or pinkeye
: conjunctivitis
especially : contagious conjunctivitis typically caused by a virus or bacterium
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