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meibomian Line breaks: mei|bo¦mian
Pronunciation: /mʌɪˈbəʊmɪən/

Definition of meibomian in English:


Relating to or denoting large sebaceous glands of the human eyelid, whose infection results in inflammation and swelling: meibomian cysts
More example sentences
  • The oil layer is secreted by 16 to 20 glands in the eyelids called the meibomian glands.
  • A chalazion is a chronic granulomatous inflammation in the meibomian gland.
  • The most effective treatment for meibomian cysts is to bathe them with warm compresses about four or five times a day.


Early 19th century: from the name of Heinrich Meibom (1638–1700), German anatomist, + -ian.

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