pink eye

This is a descriptive term for conjunctivitis. The majority of conjunctivitis cases are caused by viral infection (as opposed to allergic or bacterial infection) so the term “pink eye” is more commonly used to describe viral conjunctivitis.  See the conjunctivitis entry for more information.

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