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trachoma Syllabification: tra·cho·ma
Pronunciation: /trəˈkōmə/

Definition of trachoma in English:


A contagious bacterial infection of the eye in which there is inflamed granulation on the inner surface of the lids.
Example sentences
  • The biggest health problems are tuberculosis, venereal diseases, malaria, trachoma, typhoid fever, and dysentery.
  • Other diseases include hepatitis, trachoma, and tuberculosis.
  • I saw the Chlamydial eye disease trachoma in the poor of Glasgow and lymphogranuloma in soldiers from a military hospital STD clinic in 1940 before the cause was known.


Pronunciation: /-mətəs/
Example sentences
  • About 7.6 million people have trachomatous trichiasis, the blinding stage of this infectious disease.
  • Management of trachomatous cicatricial entropion of the upper eye lid presents a difficult problem.
  • The distribution of abnormal eyelashes by the severity of trachomatous trichiasis is given in Table 3.


Late 17th century: from Greek trakhōma 'roughness', from trakhus 'rough'.

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