nounplural noun conjunctivae/-ˈtīvē/Anatomy
The mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids.‘Over the sclera lies the conjunctiva, a clear mucous membrane that protects the eye from becoming dry.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Eyewear covers the cornea, conjunctiva, and other ocular tissue.’
- ‘This happens as a result of the irritation and widening of the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva.’
Late Middle English from medieval Latin (membrana) conjunctiva ‘conjunctive (membrane)’, from late Latin conjunctivus, from conjungere ‘join together’ (see conjoin).