trachoma

noun
tra·​cho·​ma | \ trə-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce trachoma (audio) \

Definition of trachoma

: a chronic contagious bacterial conjunctivitis marked by inflammatory granulations on the conjunctival surfaces, caused by a chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis), and commonly resulting in blindness if left untreated

Examples of trachoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The communal environment of boarding schools spread tuberculosis and trachoma, an eye disease. Brenda J. Child, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Both are on track to be certified as having eliminated trachoma by the World Health Organisation. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 29 Oct. 2019 This debate is familiar territory to trachoma researchers, including those at the Proctor Foundation, which works to prevent blindness. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, 10 May 2018 Azithromycin has been administered prophylactically for two decades to communities in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia en masse to prevent trachoma, a bacterial infection that causes blindness. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2018 One estimate finds that surgery that prevents blindness induced by trachoma, an infectious disease, costs a charity just $100 per operation. The Economist, 2 June 2018 A decade ago, a group of researchers were studying how best to prevent trachoma, a blinding bacterial infection, in clusters of villages in Ethiopia. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, 10 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of trachoma

circa 1693, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trachoma

New Latin, from Greek trachōma, from trachys rough

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“Trachoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trachoma. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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trachoma

noun
tra·​cho·​ma | \ trə-ˈkō-mə How to pronounce trachoma (audio) \

Medical Definition of trachoma

: a chronic contagious conjunctivitis marked by inflammatory granulations on the conjunctival surfaces, caused by a bacterium of the genus Chlamydia (C. trachomatis), and commonly resulting in blindness if left untreated

Other Words from trachoma

trachomatous \ trə-​ˈkō-​mət-​əs How to pronounce trachoma (audio) , -​ˈkäm-​ət-​əs How to pronounce trachoma (audio) \ adjective

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