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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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  • All's well with the John Grier—except for a broken tooth, a sprained wrist, a badly scratched knee, and one case of pinkeye.

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    Jean Webster


British Dictionary definitions for pinkeye

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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pinkeye in Medicine

pinkeye

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n.
  1. acute contagious conjunctivitis