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Kirlian photography

[keer-lee-uh n]
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  1. a photographic process that supposedly records electrical discharges naturally emanating from living objects, producing an auralike glow surrounding the object on a photographic plate or film with which the object is in direct contact.

Origin of Kirlian photography

1970–75; after Semyon D. and Valentina K. Kirlian, Russian technicians who developed the process
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British Dictionary definitions for kirlian photography

Kirlian photography

  1. a process that is said to record directly on photographic film the field radiation of electricity emitted by an object to which an electric charge has been applied

Word Origin

C20: named after Semyan D. and Valentina K. Kirlian, Armenian researchers who described the process
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