pink eye

\ ˈpiŋk-ˌī How to pronounce pink eye (audio) \
variants: or pinkeye

Definition of pink eye

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

Examples of pink eye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other researchers have examined the immune-gene response to pink eye, which is caused by a virus, bacteria, or a fungus. Roxanne Khamsi, The Atlantic, 6 Jan. 2022 Peppermint to soothe digestion, lemon balm, and tulsi for a calming effect, valerian root to sleep better, rose for an uplifting mood, and even chamomile to help heal her daughter's pink eye symptoms, for example. Jessie Shafer, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Dec. 2021 Lizzo was also beaming, from her sparkly pink eye shadow and glossy lips to the colorful butterfly clips adorning her pigtails. Michella Oré, Vogue, 12 Sep. 2021 Sisters Alexis Flanagan, 23, and Brooke Flanagan, 26, decorated signs the night before and accessorized with pink eye shadow. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Oct. 2021 Getting ready at the Carlyle hotel, Badu got her dramatic, hot pink eye makeup done by Melanie Hunter makeup artist, and her pin-straight hair styled by Melanie Harris. Sarah Spelling, Vogue, 15 Sep. 2021 UnitedHealthcare says the goal is to make sure patients don't go to the ER to treat a problem like pink eye that could be handled safely elsewhere. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 But about a week in, the birds dosed with Mycoplasma became mopey and lethargic, and developed a nasty form of pink eye. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 8 June 2021 Who could say no to these pretty-in-pink eye masks that target dark circles and dryness while simultaneously opening the heart chakra with their Reiki-charged rose quartz? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pink eye

1855, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2022

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“Pink eye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for pink eye


pink·​eye | \ ˈpiŋk-ˌī How to pronounce pinkeye (audio) \

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 How to pronounce pink eye (audio) \

Medical Definition of pink eye

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


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