[ kon-juhngk-tahy-vuh ]

noun,plural con·junc·ti·vas, con·junc·ti·vae [kon-juhngk-tahy-vee]. /ˌkɒn dʒʌŋkˈtaɪ vi/. Anatomy.
  1. the mucous membrane that lines the exposed portion of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids.

Origin of conjunctiva

1350–1400; Middle English; short for Medieval Latin membrāna conjunctīva conjunctive membrane; see conjunctive

Other words from conjunctiva

  • con·junc·ti·val, adjective
  • sub·con·junc·ti·val, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for conjunctiva


/ (ˌkɒndʒʌŋkˈtaɪvə) /

nounplural -vas or -vae (-viː)
  1. the delicate mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and the under surface of the eyelid

Origin of conjunctiva

C16: from New Latin membrāna conjunctīva the conjunctive membrane, from Late Latin conjunctīvus conjunctive

Derived forms of conjunctiva

  • conjunctival, adjective

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Scientific definitions for conjunctiva


[ kŏn′jŭngk-tī ]

Plural conjunctivas conjunctivae (kŏn′jŭngk-tī)
  1. The mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the surface of the eyeball.

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