[ kon-juhngk-tahy-vuh ]
/ ˌkɒn dʒʌŋkˈtaɪ və /

noun, plural con·junc·ti·vas, con·junc·ti·vae [kon-juhngk-tahy-vee] /ˌkɒn dʒʌŋkˈtaɪ vi/. Anatomy.

the mucous membrane that lines the exposed portion of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids.

Nearby words

  1. conjugation tube,
  2. conjugative plasmid,
  3. conjunct,
  4. conjunction,
  5. conjunction-reduction,
  6. conjunctival,
  7. conjunctival artery,
  8. conjunctival reflex,
  9. conjunctival ring,
  10. conjunctival sac

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subconjunctival


/ (ˌkɒndʒʌŋkˈtaɪvə) /

noun plural -vas or -vae (-viː)

the delicate mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and the under surface of the eyelid
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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Medicine definitions for subconjunctival


[ kŏn′jŭngk-tīvə ]

n. pl. con•junc•ti•vas

The mucous membrane that lines the inner eyelid and the exposed surface of the eyeball.

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Science definitions for subconjunctival


[ kŏn′jŭngk-tīvə ]

Plural conjunctivas conjunctivae (kŏn′jŭngk-tī)

The mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the surface of the eyeball.
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