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cherry eye

noun

medical Definition of cherry eye

:a protruding reddish mass occurring in the inner corner of the eye especially of young dogs that results from thickening, swelling, and prolapse of the lacrimal gland of the nictitating membrane
  • Cherry eye is most frequently a congenital condition typically seen in dogs younger than 2 …
  • —John de JongThe Boston Herald12 Jan. 2014
  • In rare instances—usually with puppies and young dogs—it is possible for cherry eye to resolve on its own. This is atypical, however, and surgery is usually needed to correct the problem.
  • —Karen Lee Stevens, Dog Watch, July 2008

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