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black eye

ecchymosis of the lids and their surroundings.

black eye

n.
1. A bruised discoloration of the flesh surrounding the eye, often resulting from a blow.
2. A blow to one's reputation; a source of dishonor.

black eye

colloquial; contusion around the eye with bruising, discoloration, and swelling. It is usually treated for the first 24 hours with ice packs to reduce swelling, then with hot compresses to aid in resorption of blood from the hematoma. Also called periorbital ecchymosis.
Therapeutics A blackened conjunctival nodule in patients using norepinephrine eye drops due to an adrenochrome pigmented metabolite
Traumatology Raccoon eyes

black eye

(blak ī)
Ecchymosis of the lids and their surroundings.

black eye

A collection of blood released into the tissues around the eye, just under the thin, and relatively transparent, eyelid skin. The medical term is rather more impressive-periorbital haematoma.
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Swaffer's foreigner tried to expostulate: was ejected forcibly: got a black eye.
Poor Bessy's wide-open black eyes began to fill with tears, her great red cheeks and lips became quite pale, and her face was distorted like a little child's before a burst of crying.
He flings out continually these flouts and sneers;" the woman in the crimson blouse spoke as if appealing quietly to a third person, but her black eyes never left Razumov's face.
At last, her shot being all expended, the child stood still and gazed at Hester, with that little laughing image of a fiend peeping out -- or, whether it peeped or no, her mother so imagined it -- from the unsearchable abyss of her black eyes.
Powell could not defend himself from some sympathy for that thick, bald man, comically shaped, with his crimson complexion and something pathetic in the rolling of his very movable black eyes in an apparently immovable head, who was so tactfully ready to take his competency for granted.
Some fine day you'll tie up to one of 'em, an' then, mebbe, on occasion, you'll wear black eyes for a change.
Lecount's amiable black eyes looked more interested in the strange lady than ever.
Debby told me to bring this and help you get up," she said, opening her black eyes wide, as if she wondered how on earth "the sailor man" got there.
She had a round, sly, piquant face and pretty black eyes.
He at once fished out his instrument, and commenced to play "Two Lovely Black Eyes.
And the passengers, still perched in the air, with gleaming black eyes and with querulerus chirpings one to another, accepted the white man's law.
Her bright black eyes blazed with abstract anger against those who rebuke mechanic science and ask for the return of romance.