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[ tuh-rij-ee-uh m ]
/ təˈrɪdʒ i əm /

noun, plural pte·ryg·i·ums, pte·ryg·i·a [tuh-rij-ee-uh] /təˈrɪdʒ i ə/. Ophthalmology.

an abnormal triangular mass of thickened conjunctiva extending over the cornea and interfering with vision.

Nearby words

pteropterin, pterosaur, pteroylglutamic acid, pteroyltriglutamic acid, pterygial, pterygium, pterygo-, pterygoid, pterygoid canal, pterygoid nerve, pterygoid process

Origin of pterygium

1650–60; < New Latin < Greek pterýgion little wing or fin, equivalent to pteryg- (stem of ptéryx) wing, fin + -ion diminutive suffix
Related formspte·ryg·i·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pterygial


/ (təˈrɪdʒɪəl) /


zoology of or relating to a fin or wing

Word Origin for pterygial

from Greek pterux wing
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Medicine definitions for pterygial


[ tə-rĭjē-əm ]

n. pl. pte•ryg•i•ums

An abnormal mass of tissue arising from the conjunctiva of the inner corner of the eye that obstructs vision by growing over the cornea.
Related formspte•rygi•al adj.
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