- 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
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Or perhaps he caught a mild viral form of pinkeye—medically known as conjunctivitis.Everything You Wanted To Know About Bob Costas’s Olympic Pinkeye
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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.Dear Enemy
- 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
C16: partial translation of obsolete Dutch pinck oogen small eyes
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