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[yoo-vee-uh] /ˈyu vi ə/
noun, Anatomy.
the vascular tunic of the eye, comprising the iris, choroid coat, and ciliary body.
Origin of uvea
1515-25; < Medieval Latin ūvea, variant of Latin ūva fruit of the vine, grape
Related forms
uveal, uveous, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was plainly seen that God, in anger, was laying His hand heavily on uvea; and lo!

  • In the coloration of the eyes it is necessary to distinguish two factors, the uvea and the pigment.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • When the pigment is wanting or is very scant, the fundamental blue or greenish colour of the uvea is apparent.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
British Dictionary definitions for uvea


the part of the eyeball consisting of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid
Derived Forms
uveal, uveous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin ūvea, from Latin ūva grape
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Word Origin and History for uvea

1520s, from medical Latin uvea, from Latin uva "grape; uvula" (see uvula).

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uvea in Medicine

uvea u·ve·a (yōō'vē-ə)
The vascular, pigmentary, middle coat of the eye comprising the choroid, ciliary body, and iris.

u've·al adj.
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