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photoelectric

[ foh-toh-i-lek-trik ]
/ ˌfoʊ toʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk /
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adjective
pertaining to the electronic or other electric effects produced by light.
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Sometimes pho·to·e·lec·tri·cal .

Origin of photoelectric

First recorded in 1860–65; photo- + electric

OTHER WORDS FROM photoelectric

pho·to·e·lec·tri·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for photoelectric

photoelectric

photoelectrical

/ (ˌfəʊtəʊɪˈlɛktrɪk) /

adjective
of or concerned with electric or electronic effects caused by light or other electromagnetic radiation

Derived forms of photoelectric

photoelectrically, adverbphotoelectricity (ˌfəʊtəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Medical definitions for photoelectric

photoelectric
[ fō′tō-ĭ-lĕktrĭk ]

adj.
Of or relating to the electric effects, especially increased conductivity, caused by light.
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Scientific definitions for photoelectric

photoelectric
[ fō′tō-ĭ-lĕktrĭk ]

Relating to or exhibiting to electrical effects upon exposure to light. For example, some photoelectric materials emit electrons called photoelectrons upon exposure to certain frequencies of light; others, such as photoresistors and phototransistors, change their electrical properties. See also photoelectric effect.
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