One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A condition characterized by neovascularization (proliferation of blood vessels) of the anterior surface of the iris, sometimes resulting in glaucoma, and occurring most commonly in diabetics; an instance of this.
1930s; earliest use found in Archives of Ophthalmology. From German Rubeose (C. von Noorden Zuckerkrankheit u. ihre Behandlung (ed. 7, 1917) v. 262; also (in same source, rare) as Rubeosis; from classical Latin rubēns reddish + German -ose), with ending remodelled after -osis.
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