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Definition of Chemosis

Chemosis: Swelling around the iris (the colored circle that surrounds the pupil) due to edema (swelling) of the bulbar conjunctiva (the clear membrane that coats the outer surface of the eye).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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