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Uvea \U"ve*a\, n. [NL., fr. L. uva grape.] (Anat.) The posterior pigmented layer of the iris; -- sometimes applied to the whole iris together with the choroid coat.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from medical Latin uvea, from Latin uva "grape; uvula" (see uvula). Partial loan-translation of Greek hrago-eides (khiton) "(the covering) resembling berries or grapes" (Galen). Related: Uveal.


n. (context anatomy English) The middle of the three concentric layers that make up the eye; it is pigmented and vascular, and comprises the choroid, the ciliary body, and the iris.


n. the part of the eye that contains the iris and ciliary body and choroid


The uvea ( Lat. uva, grape), also called the uveal layer, uveal coat, uveal tract, or vascular tunic, is the pigmented middle of the three concentric layers that make up an eye. The name is possibly a reference to its reddish-blue or almost black colour, wrinkled appearance and grape-like size and shape when stripped intact from a cadaveric eye. Its use as a technical term in anatomy and ophthalmology is relatively modern.

Uvea (Wallis and Futuna)

Uvea is one of the three official chiefdoms (Royaume coutumiers) of the French territory of Wallis and Futuna (the other two being Sigave and Alo) in Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean.

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Uvea and the Loyalty Islands had long been French possessions, Uea had long been recognized as a Polynesian outlier, and the resemblance of the names Uvea and Uea is eye-catching, one need go no farther than the teachings of early French missionaries for a foundation for these late traditions.

Burrows, an American anthropologist, during the thirties of the present century, accepted as authentic history a story that in prehistoric times some male Uveans set out for and settled Uea in the Loyalty Islands, about 1,000 miles to the south-west of Uvea.