The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the inner surface of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball (the sclera).
Inflammation of the conjunctiva is called conjunctivitis. It makes the white of the eye look red.
Dorland's Online Medical Dictionary. www.dorlands.com/def.jsp?id=100023710. Accessed Sept. 9, 2015.
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.