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a circumscribed conjunctivitis accompanied by the formation of small red nodules of lymphoid tissue (phlyctenulae) on the conjunctiva.
Synonym(s): phlyctenular ophthalmia
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An allergenic form of conjunctivitis common in children and marked by small white nodules on the bulbar conjunctiva often near the limbus. Can be seen in tuberculosis and staphylococcal infections.
See also: conjunctivitis
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