sun protection factor


noun

SPF.

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Origin of sun protection factor

First recorded in 1975–80

Words nearby sun protection factor

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Medical definitions for sun protection factor

sun protection factor

n.

The ratio of the minimal ultraviolet dose required to produce erythema with and without a sunscreen; a measure of the degree to which a sunscreen protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation, the higher the number the greater degree of protection.
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Scientific definitions for sun protection factor

sun protection factor

A measure, expressed numerically, of the degree to which a preparation containing sunscreen protects the skin from ultraviolet rays. The higher the value, the greater the level of protection from sun damage to the skin.
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