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’
    • ‘A chalazion is a chronic granulomatous inflammation in the meibomian gland.’
    • ‘A meibomian cyst is an enlargement of the glands that lie within the eyelid and which secrete lipids.’
    • ‘We speculated that pigmentation of the meibomian glands in this patient was due to obstructive dysfunction of the meibomian glands as well as to the use of liquid eyeliner.’
    • ‘The oil layer is secreted by 16 to 20 glands in the eyelids called the meibomian glands.’
    • ‘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.