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[blef-uh-rahy-tis] /ˌblɛf əˈraɪ tɪs/
noun, Pathology
inflammation of the eyelids.
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[blef-uh-rit-ik] /ˌblɛf əˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • With age, this smooth surface can be damaged by conditions such as blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids.
British Dictionary definitions for blepharitis


inflammation of the eyelids
Derived Forms
blepharitic (ˌblɛfəˈrɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek blephar(on) eyelid + -itis
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blepharitis in Medicine

blepharitis bleph·a·ri·tis (blěf'ə-rī'tĭs)
Inflammation of the eyelids.

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Encyclopedia Article for blepharitis

common inflammation of the eyelids that is marked by red, scaly, crusting eyelids and a burning, itching, grainy feeling in the eye. The eye itself often has some redness as well.

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