- an abnormal sensitivity to or intolerance of light, as in iritis.
- an abnormal fear of light.
Origin of photophobia
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Examples from the Web for photophobia
The photophobia may be very severe when the local changes are slight.
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There are weakness of vision and photophobia, but there are no ophthalmoscopic changes.
The pupil is usually dilated, the cornea becomes opaque and may ulcerate, and there is photophobia and sometimes diplopia.
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- 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
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Word Origin and History for photophobia
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- 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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