sty

2

or stye

[ stahy ]
/ staɪ /

noun, plural sties. Ophthalmology.

a circumscribed abscess caused by bacterial infection of the glands on the edge of the eyelid; hordeolum.

Origin of sty

2
1610–20; by false division of Middle English styanye sty (styan (Old English stīgend sty, literally, rising) + ye eye), taken to be sty on eye
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British Dictionary definitions for stye (1 of 2)

stye

sty

/ (staɪ) /

noun plural styes or sties

inflammation of a sebaceous gland of the eyelid, usually caused by bacteriatechnical name hordeolum

Word Origin for stye

C15 styanye (mistakenly taken as sty on eye), from Old English stīgend rising, hence swelling, stye + ye eye

British Dictionary definitions for stye (2 of 2)

sty
/ (staɪ) /

noun plural sties

a pen in which pigs are housed and fed
any filthy or corrupt place

verb sties, stying or stied

to enclose or be enclosed in a sty

Word Origin for sty

Old English stig; related to Old Norse stīa pen, fold, Old High German stīga, Middle Dutch stije
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Medicine definitions for stye

sty

n. pl. sties

Inflammation of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid.hordeolum
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