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A contagious disease of the conjunctiva and cornea, caused by the gram-negative bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and characterized by inflammation, hypertrophy, and formation of granules of adenoid tissue. It is a major cause of blindness in Asia and Africa.
[New Latin trāchōma, from Greek trākhōma, from trākhus, rough.]
tra·cho′ma·tous (-kō′mə-təs) adj.
(Pathology) a chronic contagious disease of the eye characterized by inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea and the formation of scar tissue, caused by infection with the virus-like bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis
[C17: from New Latin, from Greek trakhōma roughness, from trakhus rough]
a chronic eye infection characterized by granulations and scarring of the cornea and conjunctiva, caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.
[1685–95; < Greek trachōma roughness =trāch(ýs) rough + -ōma -oma]
a contagious form of conjunctivitis, with the formation of inflammatory granules on the inner surface of the eyelid. — trachomatous, adj.See also: Eyes
Chronic and contagious conjunctivitis caused by an organism resembling both a virus and a bacterium.