photophobia

[ foh-tuh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌfoʊ təˈfoʊ bi ə /

noun Pathology.

an abnormal sensitivity to or intolerance of light, as in iritis.
an abnormal fear of light.

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Origin of photophobia

First recorded in 1790–1800; photo- + -phobia
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British Dictionary definitions for photophobia

photophobia
/ (ˌfəʊtəʊˈfəʊbɪə) /

noun

pathol abnormal sensitivity of the eyes to light, esp as the result of inflammation
psychiatry abnormal fear of or aversion to sunlight or well-lit places

Derived forms of photophobia

photophobic, adjective
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Medical definitions for photophobia

photophobia
[ fō′tə-fōbē-ə ]

n.

An abnormal sensitivity to or intolerance of light, especially by the eyes, as may be caused by eye inflammation, lack of pigmentation in the iris, or various diseases.
An abnormal or irrational fear of light.
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