- a luminous image produced by mechanical stimulation of the retina, as by pressure applied to the eyeball by the finger when the lid is closed.
Origin of phosphene
1870–75; < French phosphène, irregular < Greek phôs light (contraction of pháos) + phaínein to show, shine
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- the sensation of light caused by pressure on the eyelid of a closed eye or by other mechanical or electrical interference with the visual system
C19: from Greek phōs light + phainein to show
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- A sensation of light caused by excitation of the retina by mechanical or electrical means rather than by light, as when the eyeballs are pressed through closed lids.
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