Fornix (eye)

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

The fornix conjunctiva is loose soft tissue lying at the junction between the palpebral conjunctiva (covering the inner surface of the eyelid) and the bulbar conjunctiva (covering the globe). Each eye has two fornices, the superior and inferior fornices. The fornix permits freedom of movement of the eyelids. 

History and etymology

Fornix is Latin for arch.

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rID: 57689
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Fornix of the conjunctiva
  • Fornices of the conjunctiva
  • Fornices of the conjunctivae
  • Superior fornix conjunctiva
  • Inferior fornix conjunctiva
  • Superior fornix of the conjunctiva
  • Inferior fornix of the conjunctiva

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