sclera

noun
\ˈskler-ə \

Definition of sclera 

: the dense fibrous opaque white outer coat enclosing the eyeball except the part covered by the cornea — see eye illustration

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scleral \ˈskler-əl \ adjective

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Scleral tattooing consists of injecting pigment into the sclera, or white, part of the human eye with a needle. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Eyeball tattoos? Here's why Indiana lawmaker wants to ban them.," 8 Jan. 2018 The world was reminded of the practice when Canadian woman Catt Gallinger of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, recently posted the results of her sclera tattoo gone wrong. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Don't tattoo your eyeball. Just don't do it.," 29 Sep. 2017 Unsafe sclera tattoos can lead to blindness, or as seen in this instance, terrifying infections. Teen Vogue, "Sclera Tattoo Causes Model's Severe Eye Infection, Possible Blindness," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sclera

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sclera

New Latin, from Greek sklēros

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sclera

noun
\ˈskler-ə \

Medical Definition of sclera 

: the dense fibrous opaque white outer coat enclosing the eyeball except the part covered by the cornea

called also sclerotic, sclerotic coat

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