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[yoo-vee-uh] /ˈyu vi ə/
noun, Anatomy.
the vascular tunic of the eye, comprising the iris, choroid coat, and ciliary body.
Origin of uvea
1515-25; < Medieval Latin ūvea, variant of Latin ūva fruit of the vine, grape
Related forms
uveal, uveous, adjective Unabridged
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  • In the coloration of the eyes it is necessary to distinguish two factors, the uvea and the pigment.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • When the pigment is wanting or is very scant, the fundamental blue or greenish colour of the uvea is apparent.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • It was plainly seen that God, in anger, was laying His hand heavily on uvea; and lo!

British Dictionary definitions for uvea


the part of the eyeball consisting of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid
Derived Forms
uveal, uveous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin ūvea, from Latin ūva grape
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Word Origin and History for uvea

1520s, from medical Latin uvea, from Latin uva "grape; uvula" (see uvula).

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uvea in Medicine

uvea u·ve·a (yōō'vē-ə)
The vascular, pigmentary, middle coat of the eye comprising the choroid, ciliary body, and iris.

u've·al adj.
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