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