- the mucous membrane that lines the exposed portion of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids.
Origin of conjunctiva
1350–1400; Middle English; short for Medieval Latin membrāna conjunctīva conjunctive membrane; see conjunctive
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In this way as much of the conjunctiva is gone over as is necessary.
The conjunctiva is then brought together with a fine silk suture.
The conjunctiva and outer canthus are then united with sutures.
A weak solution cautiously applied to the eyelid or conjunctiva, produces dilation of the pupil lasting for several hours.
- the delicate mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and the under surface of the eyelid
C16: from New Latin membrāna conjunctīva the conjunctive membrane, from Late Latin conjunctīvus conjunctive
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Word Origin and History for conjunctiva
1540s, medical Latin, short for membrana conjunctiva "conjunctive membrane" (see conjunctive).
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- The mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the surface of the eyeball.
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