Meaning of uvea in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjuːvɪə/


  • The pigmented layer of the eye, lying beneath the sclera and cornea, and comprising the iris, choroid, and ciliary body.

    ‘The remaining chapters include discussions of tumors of the orbit, eyelid, conjunctiva, cornea and sclera, uvea, and optic nerve.’
    • ‘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.’


Late Middle English (denoting the choroid layer of the eye): from medieval Latin, from Latin uva ‘grape’.