[af-ter-im-ij, ahf-]

noun Psychology.

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

Nearby words

  1. afterglow,
  2. aftergrowth,
  3. afterguard,
  4. afterhearing,
  5. afterheat,
  6. afterimpression,
  7. afterlife,
  8. afterlight,
  9. afterload,
  10. aftermarket

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



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




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

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