Definition of ectropion in English:


Syllabification: ec·tro·pi·on
Pronunciation: /ekˈtrōpēən, -pēˌän


  • A condition, typically a consequence of advanced age, in which the eyelid is turned outward away from the eyeball.
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    • This results in tears pooling in the cul-de-sac produced by the lower lid ectropion and resultant epiphora.
    • Paralytic lower lid ectropion was present in eight patients before the combined procedure and improved significantly in seven of these patients.
    • A common cause of eye watering in older people is ectropion.


late 17th century: from Greek, from ek- 'out' + trepein 'to turn'.

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