[ yoo-vee-uh ]

  1. the vascular tunic of the eye, comprising the iris, choroid coat, and ciliary body.

Origin of uvea

1515–25; <Medieval Latin ūvea, variant of Latin ūva fruit of the vine, grape

Other words from uvea

  • u·ve·al, u·ve·ous, adjective

Words Nearby uvea

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How to use uvea in a sentence

  • It was plainly seen that God, in anger, was laying His hand heavily on uvea; and lo!

  • In the coloration of the eyes it is necessary to distinguish two factors, the uvea and the pigment.

    Pedagogical Anthropology | Maria Montessori
  • When the pigment is wanting or is very scant, the fundamental blue or greenish colour of the uvea is apparent.

    Pedagogical Anthropology | Maria Montessori

British Dictionary definitions for uvea


/ (ˈjuːvɪə) /

  1. the part of the eyeball consisting of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid

Origin of uvea

C16: from Medieval Latin ūvea, from Latin ūva grape

Derived forms of uvea

  • uveal or uveous, adjective

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