- a chronic, contagious infection of the conjunctiva and cornea, characterized by the formation of granulations and scarring and caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.
Origin of trachoma
1685–95; < Greek trā́chōma roughness, equivalent to trāch(ýs) rough + -ōma -oma
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A trachomatous child should be kept from school until it has been cured, and that cure will take a very long time.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
- 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
Word Origin for trachoma
C17: from New Latin, from Greek trakhōma roughness, from trakhus rough
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1690s, from Modern Latin trachoma, from Greek trakhoma "roughness," from trakhys "rough."
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- Relating to or suffering from trachoma.
- 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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- 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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