trachoma

[ truh-koh-muh ]
/ trəˈkoʊ mə /

noun Ophthalmology.

a chronic, contagious infection of the conjunctiva and cornea, characterized by the formation of granulations and scarring and caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.

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Origin of trachoma

1685–95; <Greek trā́chōma roughness, equivalent to trāch(ýs) rough + -ōma-oma

OTHER WORDS FROM trachoma

tra·chom·a·tous [truh-kom-uh-tuhs, -koh-muh-], /trəˈkɒm ə təs, -ˈkoʊ mə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trachoma

trachoma
/ (trəˈkəʊmə) /

noun

a chronic contagious disease of the eye characterized by inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea and the formation of scar tissue, caused by infection with the virus-like bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis

Derived forms of trachoma

trachomatous (trəˈkɒmətəs, -ˈkəʊ-), adjective

Word Origin for trachoma

C17: from New Latin, from Greek trakhōma roughness, from trakhus rough
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Medical definitions for trachoma

trachoma
[ trə-kōmə ]

n.

A contagious disease of the conjunctiva and cornea, caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and marked by inflammation, hypertrophy, and formation of granules of adenoid tissue. It is a major cause of blindness in Asia and Africa.contagious granular conjunctivitis Egyptian ophthalmia granular conjunctivitis granular ophthalmia
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Scientific definitions for trachoma

trachoma
[ trə-kōmə ]

A contagious disease of the conjunctiva and cornea, caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and characterized by granules of inflammatory tissue. It is a major cause of blindness in Asia and Africa.
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