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catarrhal conjunctivitis[kə′tär·əl kən‚jəŋk·ti′vīd·əs]
A usually acute inflammation of the conjunctiva with smarting of the eyes, heaviness of the lids, photophobia, and excessive mucous or mucopurulent secretion, caused by a variety of contagious organisms, but sometimes becoming chronic as a sequela of the acute form or because of irritation from polluted atmosphere or allergic factors. Also known as pinkeye.
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