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photoelectricity

[foh-toh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-] /ˌfoʊ toʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-/
noun, Physics.
1.
electricity induced by electromagnetic radiation, as in certain processes, as the photoelectric and photovoltaic effects, photoconductivity, and photoionization.
2.
the branch of physics that deals with these phenomena.
Origin of photoelectricity
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80; photo- + electricity
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