One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Oedematous swelling of the conjunctiva of the eyeball; an instance of this.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Hall (1529–1568/9), surgeon and author. From post-classical Latin chemosis (400) from Hellenistic Greek χήμωσις affection of the eyes, when the cornea swells like a cockleshell (Galen) from ancient Greek χήμη clam + -ωσις.
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