Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Glossary of Terms

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Abrasion: An abrasion or "excoriation" is a wearing away of the upper layer of s...

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Allergic conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the whites of the eyes (conjunctivae), with itchi...

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Autoimmune: Pertaining to autoimmunity, a misdirected immune response that occurs when the...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Bilateral: Affecting both sides. For example, bilateral arthritis affects joints on both t...

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Blepharitis: Inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis occurs in two forms, anterior and po...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Blurred vision: Lack of sharpness of vision with, as a result, the inability to see fine d...

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Bumps: The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured b...

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Circulatory: Having to do with circulation, the movement of fluid in a regular or circuito...

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Common cold: A contagious viral upper respiratory tract infection. The common cold can be ...

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Conjunctiva: A thin, clear, moist membrane that coats the inner surfaces of the eyelids (p...

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Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the membrane covering the surface of the eyeball. It can b...

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Contagious: capable of being transmitted from one human to another human via direct or ind...

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Cornea: The clear front window of the eye, which transmits and focuses light into the eye....

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Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time withou...

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Decongestant: A drug that shrinks the swollen membranes in the nose, making it easier for ...

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Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Dry eye: A deficiency of tears. The main symptom is usually a scratchy or sandy feeling as...

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Eyelid: The lid or cover of the eye, a movable fold of skin and muscle that can be closed ...

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Fungi: Plural of fungus.

Glaucoma: A common eye condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye rises to a lev...

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Herpesvirus: One of a family of viruses that contain DNA and that cause infections in huma...

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High blood pressure: A repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg. Chro...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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Incubation period: In medicine, the time from the moment of exposure to an infectious agen...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Ischemia: Inadequate blood supply to a local area due to blockage of blood vessels leading...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Keratitis: Inflammation of the cornea. Keratitis can occur due to abrasion trauma, infecti...

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Lens: The transparent structure inside the eye that focuses light rays onto the retina.

Ocular: Having to do with the eye.

Onset: In medicine, the first appearance of the signs or symptoms of an illness as, for ex...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Rebound: The reversal of response upon withdrawal of a stimulus.

Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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Stye: A red, tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the oil gla...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Uveitis: Inflammation of the uvea. Uveitis is a serious form of eye inflammation and requi...

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Vessel: A tube in the body that carries fluids. Examples of vessels are blood vessels and ...

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Viral: Of or pertaining to a virus. For example, if a person has a viral rash, the rash wa...

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Virus: A microorganism that is smaller than a bacterium that cannot grow or reproduce apar...

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Viruses: Small living particles that can infect cells and change how the cells function. I...

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