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inflammation of the sebaceous gland of an eyelash.
n. pl. sties also styes (stīz)
Inflammation of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid.
Etymology: ME, styanye, eyelid tumor
a purulent infection of a meibomian or sebaceous gland of the eyelid, often caused by a staphylococcal organism. Also spelled stye. Also called hordeolum.
styExternal hordeolum, eyelash follicle infection Ophthalmology An acute infection of the eyelid's sebaceous glands or hair follicles/eyelashes due to blocked glands in eyelid; once glands are blocked, bacterial infection–often staphylococcal–ensues, resulting in a gob of pus/pimple; the infection resolves when the pus drains from the sty Caution Don't pop pimple, it could worsen; it usually resolves on its own
[Mod. L., hordeolus, a sty in the eye, dim. of hordeum, barley]
see external hordeolum.