chemosis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chemosis edema of the mucous membrane of the eyeball and eyelid lining
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chemosis (Med) Inflammatory swelling of the conjunctival tissue surrounding the cornea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chemosis In pathology, infiltration, usually inflammatory, of the conjunctiva and of the cellular tissue connecting it with the eyeball, in which the conjunctiva rises up to a considerable height around the cornea. Also chymosis.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a swelling of the cornea resembling a cockleshell, fr. a gaping, hence a cockleshell