[ pingk-ahy ]
/ ˈpɪŋkˌaɪ /

noun Pathology.

a contagious, epidemic form of acute conjunctivitis occurring in humans and certain animals: so called from the color of the inflamed eye.

Origin of pinkeye

First recorded in 1785–95; pink1 + eye Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pink-eye

  • He answered, that he once had the pink-eye, and added, "now that's honest."

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    Essays|Arthur Christopher Benson

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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Medicine definitions for pink-eye


[ pĭngkī′ ]


acute contagious conjunctivitis
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