photoreception

[foh-toh-ri-sep-shuh n]

noun

the physiological perception of light.

Origin of photoreception

First recorded in 1905–10; photo- + reception
Related formspho·to·re·cep·tive, adjective
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Medicine definitions for photoreception

photoreception

[fō′tō-rĭ-sĕpshən]

n.

The detection, absorption, and use of light, as for vision in animals or phototropism and photosynthesis in plants.
Related formspho′to•re•ceptive (-tĭv) adj.
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