- a chronic, contagious infection of the conjunctiva and cornea, characterized by the formation of granulations and scarring and caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.
Origin of trachoma
1685–95; < Greek trā́chōma roughness, equivalent to trāch(ýs) rough + -ōma -oma
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- a chronic contagious disease of the eye characterized by inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea and the formation of scar tissue, caused by infection with the virus-like bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis
C17: from New Latin, from Greek trakhōma roughness, from trakhus rough
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Word Origin and History for trachomatous
1690s, from Modern Latin trachoma, from Greek trakhoma "roughness," from trakhys "rough."
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- Relating to or suffering from trachoma.
- A species of Chlamydia that causes trachoma, inclusion conjunctivitis, lymphogranuloma venereum, nonspecific urethritis, and proctitis in humans.
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- A contagious disease of the conjunctiva and cornea, caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and characterized by granules of inflammatory tissue. It is a major cause of blindness in Asia and Africa.
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