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

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Recent Examples on the Web Both are on track to be certified as having eliminated trachoma by the World Health Organisation. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Queen Elizabeth Teams Up with Daughter-in-Law Sophie to Combat Blindness at Palace Reception," 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, "The Catch-22 of Mass-Prescribing Antibiotics," 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, "Prophylactic Antibiotic Use Could Reduce Childhood Death Rate," 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, "Can “effective altruism” maximise the bang for each charitable buck?," 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, "The Catch-22 of Mass-Prescribing Antibiotics," 10 May 2018

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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 10 Jul. 2020.

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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 trachomatous (audio) , -​ˈkäm-​ət-​əs How to pronounce trachomatous (audio) \ adjective

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