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conjunctiva Syllabification: con·junc·ti·va
Pronunciation: /ˌkänjəNGkˈtīvə/

Definition of conjunctiva in English:

noun (plural conjunctivae-ˈtīvē)

The mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids.
Example sentences
  • Over the sclera lies the conjunctiva, a clear mucous membrane that protects the eye from becoming dry.
  • The remaining chapters include discussions of tumors of the orbit, eyelid, conjunctiva, cornea and sclera, uvea, and optic nerve.
  • Most ocular complications involve the cornea but may also include the conjunctiva, uvea, sclera, retina, and surrounding structures.


Example sentences
  • Unlike eyelid or conjunctival involvement, corneal involvement can result in significant vision loss.
  • It is important to identify and remove conjunctival and corneal foreign bodies.
  • Review of the medical records indicated a definite cutaneous or conjunctival primary in 9 of 12 cases.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin (membrana) conjunctiva 'conjunctive (membrane)', from late Latin conjunctivus, from conjungere 'join together' (see conjoin).

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