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 Despite being clearly intoxicated, the sisters somehow both end up with flawless makeup — Jenner with a bold pink eye and lip and Kardashian with smoky green eyes and a glossy pink lip. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian Filmed a Drunk Makeup Tutorial Together," 10 Aug. 2019 Common conditions treated through eCare include: Cold and flu symptoms; skin conditions; seasonal allergies; urinary tract infections; lower back pain, minor burns, cuts, bumps and scrapes; and pink eye. Naseem S. Miller,, "Hurricane Dorian: List of free telemedicine services for Floridians," 4 Sep. 2019 According to Humming Bird Central, albino hummingbirds feature white feathers, pink eyes, bills and feet. Leada Gore |, al, "Albino hummingbird makes an appearance in Alabama," 12 Aug. 2019 An albino hummingbird on the other hand, has pure white feathers along with pink eyes, bill, and feet. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Exceedingly Rare Albino Hummingbird Spotted in Alabama Backyard," 14 Aug. 2019 On top of Soobin’s suffering from pink eye, Yeonjun has also been suffering from back pain as of late. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "TOMORROW x TOGETHER Is Delaying New Album and Won't Perform Seoul Show With BTS," 8 Aug. 2019 Only people who spend a lot of time close to infected birds are at risk of pink eye or a mild fever. Jaclyn Cosgrove,, "To stop a virus, California has euthanized more than 1.2 million birds. Is it reckless or necessary?," 7 June 2019 But viral infections are the most likely causes of pink eye, and not treatable with antibiotics. Scientific American, "Meet the Eye Microbiome," 23 June 2019 Hyland's latest health scare included a bout of pink eye and a respiratory infection. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Wells Adams Cheered Up Sarah Hyland After She Returned from the Hospital This Weekend," 24 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of pink eye

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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