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[truh-koh-muh] /trəˈkoʊ mə/
noun, Ophthalmology
a chronic, contagious infection of the conjunctiva and cornea, characterized by the formation of granulations and scarring and caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.
Origin of trachoma
1685-95; < Greek trā́chōma roughness, equivalent to trāch(ýs) rough + -ōma -oma
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[truh-kom-uh-tuh s, -koh-muh-] /trəˈkɒm ə təs, -ˈkoʊ mə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • A trachomatous child should be kept from school until it has been cured, and that cure will take a very long time.

British Dictionary definitions for trachomatous


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
Derived Forms
trachomatous (trəˈkɒmətəs; -ˈkəʊ-) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Greek trakhōma roughness, from trakhus rough
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Word Origin and History for trachomatous



1690s, from Modern Latin trachoma, from Greek trakhoma "roughness," from trakhys "rough."

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trachomatous in Medicine

trachomatous tra·cho·ma·tous (trə-kō'mə-təs)
Relating to or suffering from trachoma.

trachoma tra·cho·ma (trə-kō'mə)
A contagious disease of the conjunctiva and cornea, caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and marked by inflammation, hypertrophy, and formation of granules of adenoid tissue. It is a major cause of blindness in Asia and Africa. Also called contagious granular conjunctivitis, Egyptian ophthalmia, granular conjunctivitis, granular ophthalmia.

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trachomatous in Science
A contagious disease of the conjunctiva and cornea, caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and characterized by granules of inflammatory tissue. It is a major cause of blindness in Asia and Africa.
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