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[pingk-ahy] /ˈpɪŋkˌaɪ/
noun, Pathology.
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pinkeye


Also called acute conjunctivitis. an acute contagious inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye, characterized by redness, discharge, etc: usually caused by bacterial infection
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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pinkeye in Medicine

pinkeye pink·eye (pĭngk'ī')
See acute contagious conjunctivitis.

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