[ kuhn-juhngk-tuh-vahy-tis ]

  1. inflammation of the conjunctiva.

Origin of conjunctivitis

First recorded in 1825–35; conjunctiv(a) + -itis

Words Nearby conjunctivitis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use conjunctivitis in a sentence

  • Commonly the pneumonia bacteria do not cause conjunctivitis unless the patient is susceptible in a special manner.

  • Did you ever cure a catarrhal conjunctivitis or rhinitis in three minutes by moving the patient from one room to another?

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • In 1877 I saw him again suffering from conjunctivitis, without perceiving any squint; no examination respecting it was made.

    Schweigger on Squint | C. Schweigger

British Dictionary definitions for conjunctivitis


/ (kənˌdʒʌŋktɪˈvaɪtɪs) /

  1. inflammation of the conjunctiva

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Scientific definitions for conjunctivitis


[ kən-jŭngk′tə-vītĭs ]

  1. Inflammation of the conjunctiva, characterized by redness, itching, and often accompanied by a discharge. Bacterial and viral infection and allergies are common causes of conjunctivitis.

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Cultural definitions for conjunctivitis


[ (kuhn-jungk-tuh-veye-tis) ]

Inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the front part of the eyeball. Often called pinkeye.

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