third eyelid

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pli·ca sem·i·lu·na·'ris of con·junc·ti·'va

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1. the semilunar fold formed by the palpebral conjunctiva at the medial angle of the eye;
2. a fold of the conjunctival mucous membrane found in many animals; normally partially hidden in the medial canthus of the eye when at rest, it may be extended to cover part or all of the cornea in a winklike action to clean the cornea, as in birds. Synonym(s): membrana nictitans, nictitating membrane, palpebra III, palpebra tertia, third eyelid

third eyelid

third eyelid


third eyelid eversion
the free margin of the third eyelid is rolled outwards because of a curvature of the cartilage. More prevalent in large breeds of dogs and may be an inherited defect in St. Bernards and German shorthaired pointers.
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Eversion of the third eyelid in a dog. By permission from McCurnin D, Poffenbarger EM, Small Animal Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Procedures, Saunders, 1991
third eyelid protrusion syndrome