One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The pigmented layer of the eye, lying beneath the sclera and cornea, and comprising the iris, choroid, and ciliary body.
- ‘Most ocular complications involve the cornea but may also include the conjunctiva, uvea, sclera, retina, and surrounding structures.’
- ‘Primary malignant melanoma most commonly originates from the skin; other less common sites include the mucous membranes, uvea, retina, and leptomeninges.’
- ‘Uveitis affects the uvea.’
- ‘This condition causes inflammation of your uvea.’
- ‘The remaining chapters include discussions of tumors of the orbit, eyelid, conjunctiva, cornea and sclera, uvea, and optic nerve.’
Late Middle English (denoting the choroid layer of the eye): from medieval Latin, from Latin uva ‘grape’.
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