One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids.
- ‘Over the sclera lies the conjunctiva, a clear mucous membrane that protects the eye from becoming dry.’
- ‘This happens as a result of the irritation and widening of the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva.’
- ‘The remaining chapters include discussions of tumors of the orbit, eyelid, conjunctiva, cornea and sclera, uvea, and optic nerve.’
- ‘Most ocular complications involve the cornea but may also include the conjunctiva, uvea, sclera, retina, and surrounding structures.’
- ‘Eyewear covers the cornea, conjunctiva, and other ocular tissue.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin (membrana) conjunctiva ‘conjunctive (membrane)’, from late Latin conjunctivus, from conjungere ‘join together’ (see conjoin).
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