chalazion

[kuh-ley-zee-uh n]

Origin of chalazion

1700–10; < Greek, diminutive of chálaza; see chalaza
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British Dictionary definitions for chalazion

chalazion

noun
  1. a small cyst on the eyelid resulting from chronic inflammation of a meibomian glandAlso called: meibomian cyst

Word Origin for chalazion

C18: from Greek: a small chalaza
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Word Origin and History for chalazion
n.

small tumor in the eyelid, 1708, from Greek khalazion, diminutive of khalaza "hail, hailstone; small lump or knot; pimple," from PIE root *gheled- "hail."

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