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

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Getty Images Modern Family star Sarah Hyland is home and recovering after a recent trip to the hospital where she was treated for pink eye and an upper respiratory infection. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Wells Adams Cheered Up Sarah Hyland After She Returned from the Hospital This Weekend," 24 Mar. 2019 Other issues that urgent care facilities typically handle include pink eye, rashes, hives, ear pain, a twisted ankle, other musculoskeletal pains, and gynecologic issues such as urinary tract infections. 2. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "When to Go to Urgent Care Vs. the ER," 16 Feb. 2019 Purple and pink eye shadow in mod shapes became my thing after seeing the fall 2018 collection, and vertical lines down the center of my eyes were my go-to look after the spring/summer 2018 one. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Made Holographic No-Makeup Makeup Happen at the Anna Sui Spring 2019 Show," 11 Sep. 2018 Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, can spread by sharing cosmetics, including makeup brushes. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "9 Terrible Things That Happen When You Use Dirty Makeup Brushes," 25 Oct. 2015 While bacteria and viruses can cause pink eye, the allergic form of the condition comes about when your body overreacts to an allergen like pollen, dust mites, mold, or animal dander. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Health Issues That Can Cause Sensitivity to Light," 5 June 2018 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

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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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 pinkeye (audio) \

Medical Definition of pink eye

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

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