pterygo-, pteryg-

(Greek: wing)

ichthyopterygia
In paleontology, a proposed extinct subclass of diapsid marine reptiles, including ichthyosaurs and some related forms.
malacopterygian
Of or pertaining to the Malacopterygii or soft-finned fishes.
metapterygium
osteopterygious
pimelopterygium
A fatty outgrowth upon the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane that lines the eyelids and is reflected onto the eyeball).
pseudopterygium
pterygium
pterygoblast
pterygoid
pterygomaxillary
pterygopodium
pterygosteum
Pterygota
Pterygotus
symblepharopterygium
The union of eyelid, or adhesion of the eyelid, to the eyeball by a cicatricial (scar) band of membrane similar to a pterygium.

A pterygium is a winglike triangular membrane. Although a pterygium can be anywhere, including behind the knee, it commonly refers to a winglet of the conjunctiva (a thin clear moist membrane that coats the inner surfaces of the eyelids and the outer surface of the eye).

The section of the conjunctiva that coats the inner aspect of the eyelids is called the palpebral conjunctiva while that covering the outer surface of the eye is called the ocular or bulbar conjunctiva. Inflammation of the conjunctiva is called conjunctivitis and leads to pink eye.

This pterygium may extend across the white of the eye toward the inner corner of the eye. It is caused by prolonged exposure of the eyes to wind and weather, or can be an inherited disorder caused by a single gene.