lumen

[loo-muh n]
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noun, plural lu·mens, lu·mi·na [loo-muh-nuh] /ˈlu mə nə/.

Optics. the unit of luminous flux, equal to the luminous flux emitted in a unit solid angle by a point source of one candle intensity. Abbreviation: lm
Anatomy. the canal, duct, or cavity of a tubular organ.
Botany. (of a cell) the cavity that the cell walls enclose.

Origin of lumen

1870–75; < New Latin, special uses of Latin lūmen (stem lūmin-) light, window
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Examples from the Web for lumen

Historical Examples of lumen

  • That reminds me, I'd better arrange a debate on immigration for the Lumen.

    Ramsey Milholland

    Booth Tarkington

  • "She made a splendid impression on the Lumen," Colburn went on.

    Ramsey Milholland

    Booth Tarkington

  • If the lumen of the tube is as fine as a hair, a considerable rise can be observed.

    Natural Philosophy

    Wilhelm Ostwald

  • Just one more word, Lumen, before we conclude this interview.

    Lumen

    Camille Flammarion

  • Dear Lumen, I do not half understand this new effect of the laws of light.

    Lumen

    Camille Flammarion


British Dictionary definitions for lumen

lumen

noun plural -mens or -mina (-mɪnə)

the derived SI unit of luminous flux; the flux emitted in a solid angle of 1 steradian by a point source having a uniform intensity of 1 candelaSymbol: lm
anatomy a passage, duct, or cavity in a tubular organ
a cavity within a plant cell enclosed by the cell walls
Derived Formslumenal or luminal, adjective

Word Origin for lumen

C19: New Latin, from Latin: light, aperture
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Word Origin and History for lumen
n.

unit of luminosity, 1897, coined 1894 by French physicist André-Eugène Blondel (1863-1938) from Latin lumen "light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).

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lumen in Medicine

lumen

[lōōmən]

n. pl. lumens

The inner open space or cavity of a tubular organ, as of a blood vessel.
The unit of luminous flux in the International System of Units, equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candela intensity radiating equally in all directions.
Related formslumen•al null adj.
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lumen in Science

lumen

[lōōmən]

Plural lumens lumina

The central space within a tube-shaped body part or organ, such as a blood vessel or the intestine.
The SI derived unit used to measure the amount of light passing through a given area per second. One lumen is equal to the luminous flux passing per unit solid angle from a light source with a strength of one candela.
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