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photoperiod

[ foh-tuh-peer-ee-uhd ]
/ ˌfoʊ təˈpɪər i əd /
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noun Biology.

the interval in a 24-hour period during which a plant or animal is exposed to light.

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Origin of photoperiod

First recorded in 1915–20; photo- + period

OTHER WORDS FROM photoperiod

pho·to·pe·ri·od·ic [foh-tuh-peer-ee-od-ik], /ˌfoʊ təˌpɪər iˈɒd ɪk/, pho·to·pe·ri·od·i·cal, adjectivepho·to·pe·ri·od·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for photoperiod

photoperiod
/ (ˌfəʊtəʊˈpɪərɪəd) /

noun

the period of daylight in every 24 hours, esp in relation to its effects on plants and animalsSee also photoperiodism

Derived forms of photoperiod

photoperiodic, adjectivephotoperiodically, adverb
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Medical definitions for photoperiod

photoperiod
[ fō′tō-pîrē-əd ]

n.

The duration of an organism's daily exposure to light, considered especially with regard to the effect of such exposure on growth and development.

Other words from photoperiod

pho′to•pe′ri•odic (-ŏdĭk) null adj.
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Scientific definitions for photoperiod

photoperiod
[ fō′tō-pîrē-əd ]

The duration of an organism's daily exposure to light, considered especially with regard to the phenomena of photoperiodism.
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