Definition of trachoma in English:

trachoma

Pronunciation /trəˈkōmə/ /trəˈkoʊmə/

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noun

  • A contagious bacterial infection of the eye in which there is inflamed granulation on the inner surface of the lids.

    The disease is caused by the chlamydial organism Chlamydia trachomatis

    ‘The biggest health problems are tuberculosis, venereal diseases, malaria, trachoma, typhoid fever, and dysentery.’
    • ‘Other diseases include hepatitis, trachoma, and tuberculosis.’
    • ‘I saw the Chlamydial eye disease trachoma in the poor of Glasgow and lymphogranuloma in soldiers from a military hospital STD clinic in 1940 before the cause was known.’
    • ‘In Gambia the prevalence of the chlamydial disease trachoma in villages with frequent spraying to reduce flies is significantly lower than in villages without spraying.’
    • ‘In addition, diarrhoea and diseases such as scabies, conjunctivitis, and trachoma are associated with poor hygiene and result from a breakdown in sanitation if water resources become depleted.’

Origin

Late 17th century from Greek trakhōma ‘roughness’, from trakhus ‘rough’.