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  • adj. Pertaining to eyelids

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the eyelids.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the eyelids: as, the palpebral muscles; palpebral folds of conjunctiva.
  • Of or pertaining to the eyebrows; superciliary: a loose use of the word.
  • Inferior: tributaries to the facial, from the lower eyelid.
  • Superior: tributaries to the angular part of the facial, from the upper eyelid.


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  • When the eyelids are open, an elliptical space, the palpebral fissure (rima palpebrarum), is left between their margins, the angles of which correspond to the junctions of the upper and lower eyelids, and are called the palpebral commissures or canthi.

    X. The Organs of the Senses and the Common Integument. 1c. 3. The Accessory Organs of the Eye

  • I noticed, however, what I should call a palpebral spasm, affecting the eyelid and muscles of one side, which, if it were intended for the facial gesture called a wink, might lead me to suspect a disposition to be satirical on his part.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • They may include a single transverse palmar crease (a single instead of a double crease across one or both palms, also called the Simian crease), an almond shape to the eyes caused by an epicanthic fold of the eyelid, upslanting palpebral fissures, shorter limbs, poor muscle tone, a larger than normal space between the big and second toes, and protruding tongue.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Sickest tongue I have ever seen

  • It was widely accepted that trachoma was a disease of the palpebral conjunctiva, and the different stages of trachoma were described in detail.

    Trachoma in late Greek antiquity and the early Byzantine periods

  • Sonia is a freak, and a picture of Sonia whose face bears the manifestations of the congenital syndrome that afflicts her oblique palpebral fissures, I have learned they are called, epicanthal folds, and a mouth that is disproportionately small will serve as a constant reminder to Dad that he created for the second time in his life a child with physical and mental imperfections.

    A Traitor to Memory

  • STAGE I (dispensary) - Bilateral follicular conjunctivitis, first present in the upper palpebral conjunctive (thus the need always to evert the upper lid).

    Chapter 10

  • STAGE III (dispensary) - Scarring and infiltration of the palpebral and bulbar conjunctivae and of the cornea.

    Chapter 10

  • A slowly developing narrowing of the palpebral fissure accompanies these events, which reflect a decrease in the sympathetic innervation, which - particularly in the pupil - occurs with an increase in parasympathetic influence.

    Walter Hess - Nobel Lecture

  • The palpebral opening is elongated as compared with that of the Mandáya, whose eye is round.

    The Manóbos of Mindanáo Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume XXIII, First Memoir

  • The face is oval rather than lozenge-shaped and has a pleasant, sympathetic look, due no doubt to the greater width of the palpebral opening, the largeness of the eye, and the length, darkness, and prominence of the eyelashes.

    The Manóbos of Mindanáo Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume XXIII, First Memoir


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  • Of, like or pertaining to the eyelid. (from Phrontistery)

    May 25, 2008

  • The eyes had kept their voluptuous palpebral creases...

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor.

    May 17, 2008