raccoon eye


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A descriptive term for bilateral periorbital accumulations of blood or other substances, likened to the nocturnal North American omnivore, Procyon lotor; this appearance is classically described in periorbital haematomas, often associated with anterior-posterior displacement-type automobile accidents or basilar fractures of the skull; less commonly, the descriptor is applied to the periorbital purpura due to skin infiltration in primary amyloidosis, as a spontaneous event, or after prolonged eye-strain

raccoon eye

Black eyes, raccoon eye appearance A descriptor for bilateral periorbital accumulations of blood or other substances, likened to the nocturnal North American omnivore, Procyon lotor; this Panda bear-like appearance is classically described in periorbital hematomas, often associated with anterior-posterior displacement-type automobile accidents or basilar fractures of the skull; less commonly, the descriptor is applied to the periorbital purpura due to skin infiltration in primary amyloidosis, as a spontaneous event, or after prolonged eye-strain
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For itchy and watery eyes, use a waterproof mascara to prevent smudging and raccoon eyes.
After she bursts into tears, no doubt because I have scared her with my raccoon eyes, graveley voice and organic breath, I explain to her that no one in the world is awake right now and that it is not time to get up.
How many times have your allergies left you with raccoon eyes from all the itching and smudging?
Dreaded raccoon eyes are often attributed to fatigue and good ol' heredity.
And Marley is still a Jacob, but in Bill Condon's very capable hands, he glares menacingly underneath his white makeup and raccoon eyes, bellowing at Scrooge on the song "Chains" like someone having a good time in Purgatory.