Definition of limbus in English:


Line breaks: lim¦bus
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪmbəs

noun (plural limbi /-bʌɪ/)

  • The border or margin of a structure, especially the junction of the cornea and sclera in the eye.
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    • The central portion of the bulbar conjunctiva is continuous at the limbus with the anterior epithelium of the cornea.
    • An incision is made in the conjunctiva at the limbus using a #57 ophthalmology blade.
    • Under direct microscopic visualization, three tiny incisions (ie, sclerotomies) are made through the sclera a few millimeters behind the limbus.


late Middle English (denoting limbo): from Latin, 'edge, border'. The current sense dates from the late 17th century.

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