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Medical Term:

superior eyelid


Definition: the superior, larger and more mobile of the two eyelids, which covers most of the anterior surface of the eyeball, including the cornea, when closed; a portion of the lacrimal gland and the aponeurosis of the levator palpebrae superioris muscle extend into it, the muscle opening the closed eye and providing additional elevation when the gaze is directed upward.

Synonym(s): palpebra superiorTA, upper eyelid, upper lid

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