\ ˈskler-ə How to pronounce sclera (audio) \

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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Other Words from sclera

scleral \ ˈskler-​əl How to pronounce scleral (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sclera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, one year after stopping minocycline, doctors did not see much improvement in the man's sclera discoloration, the report said. Rachael Rettner, Fox News, "Why did the whites of this man's eyes turn blue?," 19 Apr. 2018 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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The first known use of sclera was in 1888

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“Sclera.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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\ ˈskler-ə How to pronounce sclera (audio) \

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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