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[kon-juhngk-tahy-vuh] /ˌkɒn dʒʌŋkˈtaɪ və/
noun, plural conjunctivas, conjunctivae
[kon-juhngk-tahy-vee] /ˌkɒn dʒʌŋkˈtaɪ vi/ (Show IPA).
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
Related forms
conjunctival, adjective
subconjunctival, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for conjunctivae


noun (pl) -vas, -vae (-viː)
the delicate mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and the under surface of the eyelid
Derived Forms
conjunctival, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin membrāna conjunctīva the conjunctive membrane, from Late Latin conjunctīvusconjunctive
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Word Origin and History for conjunctivae



1540s, medical Latin, short for membrana conjunctiva "conjunctive membrane" (see conjunctive).

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conjunctivae in Medicine

conjunctiva con·junc·ti·va (kŏn'jŭngk-tī'və)
n. pl. con·junc·ti·vas or con·junc·ti·vae (-vē)
The mucous membrane that lines the inner eyelid and the exposed surface of the eyeball.

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conjunctivae in Science
Plural conjunctivas or conjunctivae (kŏn'jŭngk-tī'vē)
The mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the surface of the eyeball.
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