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[kawr-nee-uh] /ˈkɔr ni ə/

noun, Anatomy.
the transparent anterior part of the external coat of the eye covering the iris and the pupil and continuous with the sclera.
noun (pl) -neas (-nɪəz), -neae (-nɪˌiː)
the convex transparent membrane that forms the anterior covering of the eyeball and is continuous with the sclera

late 14c., from Medieval Latin cornea tela “horny web or sheath,” from Latin cornu (genitive cornus) “horn” (see horn (n.)). So called for its consistency. Related: Corneal.

cornea cor·ne·a (kôr’nē-ə)
The transparent, convex, anterior portion of the outer fibrous coat of the eyeball that covers the iris and the pupil and is continuous with the sclera.
cor’ne·al adj.
The tough transparent membrane of the outer layer of the eyeball that covers the iris and the pupil.
cornea [(kawr-nee-uh)]

The transparent outer covering of the front of the eye that covers the iris and pupil.


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