Definition of synechia in US English:

synechia

noun

Medicine
  • 1Ophthalmology. Adhesion between the iris and the cornea (more fully "anterior synechia") or between the iris and the capsule of the lens (more fully "posterior synechia"); an adhesion of this kind.

  • 2An adhesion formed elsewhere in the body, especially within the aural or nasal cavities.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Woolhouse's Treatise Cataract & Glaucoma. From post-classical Latin synechia from ancient Greek συνέχεια continuity, in Hellenistic Greek also viscosity from συνεχής continuous, conjoined, clinging, dense + -εια; compare -ia.

Pronunciation

synechia

/sɪˈniːkɪə/