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

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(esp of a person) having features, colouring, and a general facial appearance that look attractive in photographs
biology producing or emitting lightphotogenic bacteria
Derived Formsphotogenically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for photogenic

1839, "produced or caused by light," from photo- "light" + -genic "produced by" (see genus). Originally in photogenic drawing, the early term for "photography;" meaning "photographing well" is first attested 1928, from photo- as short for "photograph."

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photogenic in Medicine




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