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phosphene

[ fos-feen ]
/ ˈfɒs fin /
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noun Physiology.
a luminous image produced by mechanical stimulation of the retina, as by pressure applied to the eyeball by the finger when the lid is closed.
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Origin of phosphene

1870–75; <French phosphène, irregular <Greek phôs light (contraction of pháos) + phaínein to show, shine
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British Dictionary definitions for phosphene

phosphene
/ (ˈfɒsfiːn) /

noun
the sensation of light caused by pressure on the eyelid of a closed eye or by other mechanical or electrical interference with the visual system

Word Origin for phosphene

C19: from Greek phōs light + phainein to show
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Medical definitions for phosphene

phosphene
[ fŏsfēn′ ]

n.
A sensation of light caused by excitation of the retina by mechanical or electrical means rather than by light, as when the eyeballs are pressed through closed lids.
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