: the pigmented middle layer of the eye consisting of the iris and ciliary body together with the choroid
uveal adjective

Examples of uvea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Uveitis damages the uvea, or the middle layer of your eye. Cassie Shortsleeve, Health, 30 Mar. 2024 The uvea is the middle layer of the eye between the sclera (white part) and the retina (the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye). Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2023 Uveitis is an inflammation of the layer that lies beneath the outer surface of the eye (called the uvea). Harvard Health Letter, chicagotribune.com, 7 Nov. 2019 Unsurprisingly, uveitis usually affects a part of your eye called the uvea, which is the middle layer that has a lot of blood vessels. Korin Miller, SELF, 5 June 2018 These tumors can form in the iris (the colored area surrounding the pupil) or in other parts of the eye’s middle layer, known as the uvea or the uveal tract. Amanda MacMillan, Health.com, 1 May 2018

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Word History


Medieval Latin, from Latin uva grape

First Known Use

1525, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uvea was in 1525

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“Uvea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uvea. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


: the middle layer of the eye consisting of the iris and ciliary body together with the choroid coat

called also vascular tunic

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