\ ˈyü-vē-ə How to pronounce uvea (audio) \

Definition of uvea

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

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Other Words from uvea

uveal \ ˈyü-​vē-​əl How to pronounce uveal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of uvea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Uveitis is an inflammation of the layer that lies beneath the outer surface of the eye (called the uvea). Harvard Health Letter, chicagotribune.com, "Are you at risk for a secondary cataract?," 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, "9 Health Issues That Can Cause Sensitivity to Light," 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, "What Is Ocular Melanoma? This Rare Eye Cancer Has Struck 36 Graduates of Auburn University," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of uvea

1525, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uvea

Medieval Latin, from Latin uva grape

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“Uvea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uvea. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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\ ˈyü-vē-ə How to pronounce uvea (audio) \

Medical Definition of uvea

: 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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