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dark adaptation

dark adaptation

noun

Definition of DARK ADAPTATION

:  the process including dilation of the pupil, increase in sensitivity of the retinal rods, and regeneration of rhodopsin by which the eye adapts to conditions of reduced illumination
dark–adapt·ed \ˌdärk-ə-ˈdap-təd\ adjective

First Known Use of DARK ADAPTATION

1900

dark adaptation

noun \ˌdärk-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DARK ADAPTATION

:  the phenomena including dilation of the pupil, increase in retinal sensitivity, shift of the region of maximum luminosity toward the blue, and regeneration of rhodopsin by which the eye adapts to conditions of reduced illumination—compare light adaptation
dark–adapt·ed \ˈdärk-ə-ˌdap-təd\ adjective

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