[ pingk-ahy ]
/ ˈpɪŋkˌaɪ /
a contagious, epidemic form of acute conjunctivitis occurring in humans and certain animals: so called from the color of the inflamed eye.
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British Dictionary definitions for pink-eye
/ (ˈpɪŋkˌaɪ) /
Also called: acute conjunctivitis an acute contagious inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye, characterized by redness, discharge, etc: usually caused by bacterial infection
Also called: infectious keratitis a similar condition affecting the cornea of horses and cattle
Word Origin for pinkeye
C16: partial translation of obsolete Dutch pinck oogen small eyes
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Word Origin and History for pink-eye
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Medicine definitions for pink-eye
[ pĭngk′ī′ ]
acute contagious conjunctivitis
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