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
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All's well with the John Grier—except for a broken tooth, a sprained wrist, a badly scratched knee, and one case of pinkeye.
British Dictionary definitions for pinkeye
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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acute contagious conjunctivitis
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