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afterimage

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

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

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Origin of afterimage

1875–80; translation of German Nachbild;see after, image
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Example sentences from the Web for afterimage

  • In the case of a negative afterimage the light impression leaves a dark spot, the dark impression gives a light afterimage.

    The Photoplay|Hugo Mnsterberg

British Dictionary definitions for afterimage

afterimage
/ (ˈɑːftərˌɪmɪdʒ) /

noun

a sustained or renewed sensation, esp visual, after the original stimulus has ceasedAlso called: aftersensation, photogene
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for afterimage

afterimage
[ ăftər-ĭm′ĭj ]

n.

A visual image that persists after the visual stimulus causing it has ceased to act.photogene
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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