[ foh-tuh-jen-ik ]
/ ˌfoʊ təˈdʒɛn ɪk /


forming an attractive subject for photography or having features that look well in a photograph: a photogenic face.
Biology. producing or emitting light, as certain bacteria; luminiferous; phosphorescent.
Medicine/Medical. produced or caused by light, as a skin condition.

Origin of photogenic

First recorded in 1830–40; photo- + -genic

Related forms

pho·to·gen·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for photogenic


/ (ˌfəʊtəˈdʒɛnɪk) /


(esp of a person) having features, colouring, and a general facial appearance that look attractive in photographs
biology producing or emitting lightphotogenic bacteria

Derived Forms

photogenically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for photogenic


[ fō′tə-jĕnĭk ]


Producing or emitting light; phosphorescent.
Caused or produced by light, as a seizure.

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