Definition of sclera in English:

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sclera

Pronunciation: /ˈsklirə/

noun

Anatomy
The white outer layer of the eyeball. At the front of the eye it is continuous with the cornea.
Example sentences
  • The remaining chapters include discussions of tumors of the orbit, eyelid, conjunctiva, cornea and sclera, uvea, and optic nerve.
  • At the external border between the cornea and the sclera is the external scleral sulcus depression.
  • The limbus is the thin area that connects the cornea and the sclera, the white part of the eye.

Derivatives

scleral

Pronunciation: /ˈsklerəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • On examination, the patient appears nontoxic, is afebrile, has normal visual acuity, and demonstrates moderate bilateral conjunctival and scleral erythema, serous discharge, conjunctival swelling, and a tender preauricular node.
  • Surgical options include ulcer debridement, conjunctival resection, corneal graft, application of tissue adhesives, sclerectomy, and scleral patch grafting.
  • Physical exam reveals scleral icterus, an enlarged liver that is firm to palpation, and occasional splenomegaly.

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek sklēros 'hard'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: scle·ra

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