[ af-ter-im-ij, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tərˌɪm ɪdʒ, ˈɑf- /

noun Psychology.

a visual image or other sense impression that persists after the stimulus that caused it is no longer operative.

Origin of afterimage

1875–80; translation of German Nachbild; see after, image Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for afterimage

/ (ˈɑːftərˌɪmɪdʒ) /


a sustained or renewed sensation, esp visual, after the original stimulus has ceasedAlso called: aftersensation, photogene
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Medicine definitions for afterimage

[ ăftər-ĭm′ĭj ]


A visual image that persists after the visual stimulus causing it has ceased to act.photogene
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