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pinkeye

[pingk-ahy]
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noun Pathology.
  1. a contagious, epidemic form of acute conjunctivitis occurring in humans and certain animals: so called from the color of the inflamed eye.

Origin of pinkeye

First recorded in 1785–95; pink1 + eye
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  • He answered, that he once had the pink-eye, and added, "now that's honest."

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  • The only solution that I can suggest is that Pink-eye, or Squint-eye, was a cant term for some species of the weed at the time.

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British Dictionary definitions for pink-eye

pinkeye

noun
  1. Also called: acute conjunctivitis an acute contagious inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye, characterized by redness, discharge, etc: usually caused by bacterial infection
  2. Also called: infectious keratitis a similar condition affecting the cornea of horses and cattle

Word Origin

C16: partial translation of obsolete Dutch pinck oogen small eyes
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Word Origin and History for pink-eye

n.

contagious eye infection, 1882, American English, from pink (adj.) + eye (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pink-eye in Medicine

pinkeye

([object Object])
n.
  1. acute contagious conjunctivitis

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