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noun, plural con·junc·ti·vas, con·junc·ti·vae [kon-juhngk-tahy-vee] /ˌkɒn dʒʌŋkˈtaɪ vi/. Anatomy.
  1. the mucous membrane that lines the exposed portion of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids.
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Origin of conjunctiva

1350–1400; Middle English; short for Medieval Latin membrāna conjunctīva conjunctive membrane; see conjunctive
Related formscon·junc·ti·val, adjectivesub·con·junc·ti·val, adjective
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noun plural -vas or -vae (-viː)
  1. the delicate mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and the under surface of the eyelid
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Derived Formsconjunctival, adjective

Word Origin for conjunctiva

C16: from New Latin membrāna conjunctīva the conjunctive membrane, from Late Latin conjunctīvus conjunctive
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Word Origin and History for subconjunctival



1540s, medical Latin, short for membrana conjunctiva "conjunctive membrane" (see conjunctive).

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subconjunctival in Medicine


n. pl. con•junc•ti•vas
  1. The mucous membrane that lines the inner eyelid and the exposed surface of the eyeball.
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subconjunctival in Science


Plural conjunctivas conjunctivae (kŏn′jŭngk-tī)
  1. The mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the surface of the eyeball.
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