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noun Anatomy.
  1. 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 formsu·ve·al, u·ve·ous, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • 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


  1. the part of the eyeball consisting of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid
Derived Formsuveal or 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


  1. The vascular, pigmentary, middle coat of the eye comprising the choroid, ciliary body, and iris.
Related formsuve•al adj.
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