One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The border or margin of a structure, especially the junction of the cornea and sclera in the eye.
- ‘An incision is made in the conjunctiva at the limbus using a #57 ophthalmology blade.’
- ‘The limbus is the thin area that connects the cornea and the sclera, the white part of the eye.’
- ‘The central portion of the bulbar conjunctiva is continuous at the limbus with the anterior epithelium of the cornea.’
- ‘Unit conducts electrical current through cable that enters eye posterior to limbus and signal relayed by wire relays to epiretinal implant.’
- ‘Under direct microscopic visualization, three tiny incisions (ie, sclerotomies) are made through the sclera a few millimeters behind the limbus.’
Late Middle English (denoting limbo): from Latin, ‘edge, border’. The current sense dates from the late 17th century.
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