pterygium

noun
pte·ryg·i·um | \ te-ˈri-jē-əm \
plural pterygia\te-ˈri-jē-ə \ also pterygiums

Definition of pterygium 

: a fleshy mass of thickened conjunctiva that grows over part of the cornea usually from the inner side of the eyeball and causes a disturbance of vision

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Other eye conditions are related to UV exposure, including the noncancerous growths known as pinguecula and pterygium. Jill U. Adams, courant.com, "For Your Eyes: Sunglasses Even On A Cloudy Day," 31 May 2018 Other eye conditions are related to UV exposure, including the noncancerous growths known as pinguecula and pterygium. Jill U. Adams, courant.com, "For Your Eyes: Sunglasses Even On A Cloudy Day," 31 May 2018 Other eye conditions are related to UV exposure, including the noncancerous growths known as pinguecula and pterygium. Jill U. Adams, courant.com, "For Your Eyes: Sunglasses Even On A Cloudy Day," 31 May 2018 Other eye conditions are related to UV exposure, including the noncancerous growths known as pinguecula and pterygium. Jill U. Adams, courant.com, "For Your Eyes: Sunglasses Even On A Cloudy Day," 31 May 2018 Other eye conditions are related to UV exposure, including the noncancerous growths known as pinguecula and pterygium. Jill U. Adams, courant.com, "For Your Eyes: Sunglasses Even On A Cloudy Day," 31 May 2018 Ultraviolet rays may play a role in the development of cataracts as well as growths on the surface of the eye called pterygiums, which can impede your vision. Amanda Gardner, Health.com, "Why Those Tiny Sunglasses Celebs Love Aren't Actually Good for Your Eyes," 13 June 2018 Other eye conditions are related to UV exposure, including the noncancerous growths known as pinguecula and pterygium. Jill U. Adams, courant.com, "For Your Eyes: Sunglasses Even On A Cloudy Day," 31 May 2018 Other eye conditions are related to UV exposure, including the noncancerous growths known as pinguecula and pterygium. Jill U. Adams, courant.com, "For Your Eyes: Sunglasses Even On A Cloudy Day," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of pterygium

1562, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pterygium

New Latin, from Greek pterygion little wing, from pteryx

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pterygium

noun
pte·ryg·i·um | \ te-ˈrij-ē-əm \
plural -iums or -ia\-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of pterygium 

1 : a triangular fleshy mass of thickened conjunctiva occurring usually at the inner side of the eyeball, covering part of the cornea, and causing a disturbance of vision

2 : a forward growth of the cuticle over the nail

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